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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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Abstract

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.

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Published date: 2005

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Local EPrints ID: 35075
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/35075
ISSN: 0734-306X
PURE UUID: b582fb67-e004-4765-88e0-c93ec92f6aeb

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Date deposited: 16 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:48

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Author: Robert Sauer
Author: Adriana Kugler

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