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Replication data for: Are Health Insurance Markets Competitive?

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1
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Creator
  • Dafny, Leemore S.
Publication Date
2010-09-01
Description
  • Abstract

    To gauge the competitiveness of the group health insurance industry, I investigate whether health insurers charge higher premiums, ceteris paribus, to more profitable firms. Such "direct price discrimination" is feasible only in imperfectly competitive settings. Using a proprietary national database of health plans offered by a sample of large, multisite firms from 1998-2005, I find firms with positive profit shocks subsequently face higher premium growth, even for the same health plans. Moreover, within a given firm, those sites located in concentrated insurance markets experience the greatest premium increases. The findings suggest health care insurers are exercising market power in an increasing number of geographic markets. (JEL G22, I11, I18, L11, L25)
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    DOI: 10.1257/aer.100.4.1399 (Text)
Publications
  • Dafny, Leemore S. “Are Health Insurance Markets Competitive?” American Economic Review 100, no. 4 (September 2010): 1399–1431. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.100.4.1399.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.100.4.1399 (DOI)

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Dafny, Leemore S. (2010): Replication data for: Are Health Insurance Markets Competitive?. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E112365V1