Economics Research Seminar | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Economics Research Seminar

Learning and Influence under Uncertainty: Evidence from Physicians in Training

Studying physicians in training ("housesta ff") at a large institution, I investigate the
role of learning (and endogenous in influence) in supporting medical spending variation within organizations. Influence associated with relative experience increases variation in housesta ff spending eff ects, which discontinuously double in magnitude at the end of the first year of training when housestaff relative seniority discontinuously increases within teams. Consistent with a higher rate of learning in information-rich environments, housesta ff e ffects converge in specialist-driven services, especially for diagnoses with guidelines, but not in the generalist-driven service. Compared to these mechanisms of learning and influence, detailed pre-training characteristics associated with preferences and ability determine little variation.

Please join the Economics Department for a research seminar.  This event is open to all Case Western Reserve University faculty, Ph.D. students, economic majors and minors, and those interested in economics research.
Contact Information:

Teresa Kabat

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building
11119 Bellflower Road, Room 501
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): David C. Chan, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University
Sponsored by: Economics Department
Learning and Influence under Uncertainty: Evidence from Physici


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