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Séminaire
Puce Bladimir Carrillo (IPEA, Rio de Janeiro)

mardi 16 janvier 2018

More Doctors, Better Health? Evidence from a Physician Distribution Policy [PDF]
Abstract: In 2013, the Brazilian government implemented one of the largest physician distribution programs on record. Using a difference-in-difference framework, we document that the number of physicians increased by 17 percent in treated areas, with effects that are substantially larger in magnitude for family doctors. This expansion increased doctor visits by 4.3 percent and prenatal care by physicians by 10 percent. Yet despite these improvements in physician supply and utilization of doctors, we find little evidence that the program led to better infant health, measured by low birth weight, prematurity and infant mortality.