Doctors without borders? Re-licensing requirements and negative selection in the market for physicians


Sauer, Robert and Kugler, Adriana (2005) Doctors without borders? Re-licensing requirements and negative selection in the market for physicians Journal of Labor Economics, 23, (3), pp. 437-466. (doi:10.1086/430283).

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Relicensing requirements for professionals who move across borders are widespread. In this article, we measure the effects of occupational licensing by exploiting an immigrant physician retraining assignment rule. Instrumental variables and quantile treatment effects estimates indicate large returns to acquiring an occupational license and negative selection into licensing status. We also develop a model of optimal license acquisition that, together with the empirical results, suggests that stricter relicensing requirements may lead not only to practitioner rents but also to lower average quality of service in the market for physicians.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1086/430283
ISSNs: 0734-306X (print)
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ePrint ID: 35075
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2005Published
Date Deposited: 16 May 2006
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 22:11
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35075

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