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Replication data for: Is American Health Care Uniquely Inefficient? Evidence from Prescription Drugs

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1
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Creator
  • Kyle, Margaret
  • Williams, Heidi
Publication Date
2017-05-01
Description
  • Abstract

    Alan Garber and Jonathan Skinner (2008) famously conjectured that the US health care system was "uniquely inefficient" relative to other countries. We test this idea using cross-country data on prescription drug sales newly linked with an arguably objective measure of relative therapeutic benefits, or drug quality. Specifically, we investigate how higher and lower quality drugs diffuse in the US relative to Australia, Canada, Switzerland, and the UK. Our tabulations suggest that lower quality drugs diffuse more in the US relative to high quality drugs compared to each of our four comparison countries--consistent with Garber and Skinner's conjecture.
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  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171086 (Text)
Publications
  • Kyle, Margaret, and Heidi Williams. “Is American Health Care Uniquely Inefficient? Evidence from Prescription Drugs.” American Economic Review 107, no. 5 (May 2017): 486–90. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.p20171086.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.p20171086 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Kyle, Margaret; Williams, Heidi (2017): Replication data for: Is American Health Care Uniquely Inefficient? Evidence from Prescription Drugs. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113519V1