Do As Docs Say, Not As They Do (Freakonomics, M.D. Ep. 2)
Does having more health information actually change behavior? To test this question, host Bapu Jena explores whether doctors make healthier choices than the rest of us (and he fesses up to an unhealthy habit of his own).
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Maria Polyakova, economist at Stanford University School of Medicine.
- Petra Persson, economist at Stanford University.
- “A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Guideline Adherence and Access to Expertise,” by Amy Finkelstein, Petra Persson, Maria Polyakova, and Jesse Shapiro (2021).
- “Is Great Information Good Enough? Evidence from Physicians as Patients,” by Michael D. Frakes, Jonathan Gruber, and Anupam Jena (NBER Working Paper, 2019).
- “End-of-Life Care Received by Physicians Compared With Nonphysicians,” by Hannah Wunsch, Damon Scales, Hayley B. Gershengorn, May Hua, Andrea D. Hill, Longdi Fu, Therese A. Stukel, Gordon Rubenfeld, and Robert A. Fowler (JAMA Network Open, 2019).
- “The Roots of Health Inequality and the Value of Intra-Family Expertise,” by Yiqun Chen, Petra Persson, and Maria Polyakova (SIEPR Working Paper, 2018).
- “The Effects of Medical School on Health Outcomes: Evidence From Admission Lotteries,” by Edwin Leuven, Hessel Oosterbeek, and Inge de Wolf (Journal of Health Economics, 2013).