Which patients do I treat? An experimental study with economists and physicians

Ahlert, Marlies and Felder, Stefan and Vogt, Bodo. (2012) Which patients do I treat? An experimental study with economists and physicians. Health economics review, Vol. 2, Nr. 1.

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This experiment investigates decisions made by prospective economists and physicians in an allocation problem which can be framed either medically or neutrally. The potential recipients differ with respect to their minimum needs as well as to how much they benefit from a treatment. We classify the allocators as either ‘selfish’, ‘Rawlsian’, or ‘maximizing the number of recipients’. Economists tend to maximize their own payoff, whereas the physicians’ choices are more in line with maximizing the number of recipients and with Rawlsianism. Regarding the framing, we observe that professional norms surface more clearly in familiar settings. Finally, we scrutinize how the probability of being served and the allocated quantity depend on a recipient’s characteristics as well as on the allocator type.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Health Economics (Felder)
UniBasel Contributors:Felder, Stefan
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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