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Arrow Award

iHEA’s Kenneth J. Arrow Award was created to recognize excellence in the field of health economics with the Award presented to the author(s) of the paper judged to be the best paper published in health economics in English in the award year. The Award was set up in honor of Kenneth Arrow and in recognition of the influence of his seminal paper from 1963 “Uncertainty and the welfare economics of medical care”. Professor Arrow was involved in the creation of the Award and he presented the inaugural prize in 1993.

The Award is made every year. Each year the Award committee consider a short-list of up to ten papers, with each paper evaluated by all of the committee members in terms of importance and originality of contribution, appropriateness and innovation in methodology and clarity of presentation.

The winner is presented with a plaque at the iHEA congress when held in the same year as the award, or at a special reception at the AEA conference in years when there is no iHEA congress.

Next deadline for submissions: Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Most recent Award Winner

 

The 25th Arrow Award for the best paper in health economics is awarded to Martin Gaynor, Carol Propper, and Stephan Seiler for their paper “Free to choose? Reform, choice and consideration sets in the English National Health Service” American Economic Review 106(11): 3521-3557, 2016.

The Arrow Award Committee is proud to acknowledge the authors of this innovative and policy-relevant paper which uses a reform in the English National Health Service (NHS) to assess how removing constraints on patient choice affects the quality of health care received, as well as patient welfare. As a result of the policy change, which took place in 2006, the English government mandated that NHS patients be offered a choice of five hospitals when referred by physicians to a hospital for treatment. The authors use this reform to estimate a structural model of demand both pre-reform, when choice is assumed to be constrained, and post-reform where choices are assumed to be unconstrained. They examine the case of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgeries, where the key quality measures are post-surgery mortality rates. Following the reforms, quality of care and patient welfare increased, with the largest improvement for severely ill and low-income patients. As a result of greater patient choice, low quality hospitals lost and high quality hospitals gained market share. Hospitals responded by improving the quality of care, with particularly large quality gains for those hospitals facing high demand elasticities. This research suggests that reforms that enhance choice have the potential to raise health care quality and patient welfare

  

Committee Membership 2017

Membership of the Arrow Award Committee is refreshed each year and members can serve for up to two three-year terms.

Chair: Christopher Ruhm, University of Virginia, USA

Co-Chair: Luigi Siciliani, University of York, UK

 

Term Expires at the end of 2017:

*Ana Balsa, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay

Anne Case, Princeton University, USA

Jonathan Kolstad, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Joachim Winter,  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Winnie Yip, University of Oxford, UK / Harvard University, USA

 

Term Expires at the end of 2018:

Jeffrey Clemens, University of California San Diego, USA

*Sherry Glied, Columbia University, USA

Joshua Gottlieb, University of British Columbia, Canada

*Petter Lundborg, Lund University, Sweden

*Tony Scott, University of Melbourne, Australia

 

Term Expires at the end of 2019:

Joan Costa-i-Font, London School of Economics, UK

* Brigitte Dormont, Université Paris Dauphine, France

* Kate Ho, Columbia University, USA

* Jui-fen Rachel Lu, Chang Gung University, Taiwan

Rodrigo R. Soares, Columbia University, USA

(* = 2nd and final term)

 

Year

Award

Winning Paper

 

2017

 

25th

Martin Gaynor, Carol Propper, and Stephan Seiler. 2016. Free to choose? Reform, choice and consideration sets in the English National Health Service. American Economic Review 106(11): 3521-3557.

2016

24th

Eric Budish, Benjamin N. Roin and Heidi Williams. 2015. Do firms underinvest in long-term research? Evidence from cancer clinical trials.American Economic Review105(7): 2044-2085.

2015

23rd

Jeffrey Clemens and Joshua D. Gottlieb. 2014. Do Physicians' Financial Incentives Affect Treatment Patterns and Patient Health? American Economic Review104(4): 1320-49.

2014

22nd

Jonathan T. Kolstad. 2013. Information and quality when motivation is intrinsic: evidence from surgeon report cards. American Economic Review,103(7):2875-2910.

2013

21st

Amy Finkelstein, Sarah Taubman, Bill Wright, Mira Bernstein, Jonathan Gruber, Joseph P. Newhouse, Heidi Allen, Katherine Baicker, and the Oregon Health Study Group. 2012. The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence from the First Year. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 127(3):1057-1106

2012

20th

Randall D. Cebul, James B. Rebitzer, Lowell J. Taylor, Mark E. Votruba. 2011. Unhealthy Insurance Markets: Search Frictions and the Cost and Quality of Health Insurance. American Economic Review,101(5):1842-71

2011

19th

Carol Propper and John Van Reenen. 2010. Can pay regulation kill? Panel Data Evidence on the Effect of Labor Markets on Hospital Performance. Journal of Political Economy, 118(2): 222-273

2010

18th

Kate Ho. 2009. Insurer-Provider Networks in the Medical Care Market. American Economic Review,99(1):393-430

2009

17th

Hanming Fang, Michael P. Keane, and Dan Silverman. 2008. Sources of Advantageous Selection: Evidence from the Medigap Insurance Market. Journal of Political Economy, 116(2): 303-350.

2008

16th

Amitabh Chandra and Doug Staiger. 2007. Productivity Spillovers in Health Care: Evidence from the Treatment of Heart Attacks. Journal of Political Economy, 115: 103-140.

2007

15th

Kevin M. Murphy and Robert H. Topel. 2006. The Value of Health and Longevity. Journal of Political Economy, 114(5): 871-904.

2006

14th

Gary S. Becker, Tomas J. Philipson, and Rodrigo R. Soares. 2005. The Quantity and Quality of Life and the Evolution of World Inequality. American Economic Review, 95(1):277-291

2005

13th

Edward Miguel and Michael Kremer. 2004. Worms: Identifying impacts on education and health in the presence of treatment externalities. Econometrica, 72(1); 159-217.

2004

12th

Kenneth Chay and Michael Greenstone. 2003. The Impact of Air Pollution on Infant Mortality: Evidence from Geographic Variation in Pollution Shocks Induced by a Recession. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 118(3):1121-1167.

2003

11th

Anne Case, Darren Lubotsky and Christina Paxson. 2002. Economic Status and Health in Childhood: The Origins of the Gradient. American Economic Review; 92(5): 1308-1334.

2002

10th

Willard G. Manning and John Mullahy. 2001. Estimating Log Models: To Transform or Not to Transform? Journal of Health Economics, 20(4): 461–494

2001

9th

David M. Cutler, Mark McClellan and Joseph P. Newhouse. 2000. How Does Managed Care Do It? Rand Journal of Economics, 31(3): 526–548

2000

8th

Will Dow, Tomas J. Philipson and Xavier Sala-i-Martin. 1999. Longevity Complementarities Under Competing Risks. American Economic Review,89(5):1358-1371.

1999

7th

Donna B. Gilleskie. 1998. A Dynamic Stochastic Model of Medical Care Use and Work Absence. Econometrica, 66(1): 1-45.

1998

6th

Ching-To Albert Ma and Thomas G. McGuire. 1997. Optimal Health Insurance and Provider Payment. American Economic Review,87(4): 685-704.

1997

5th

Daniel Kessler and Mark McClellan. 1996. Do Doctors Practice Defensive Medicine? Quarterly Journal of Economics, 111(2): 353-390.

1996

4th

Martin Gaynor and Paul Gertler. 1995. Moral Hazard and Risk Spreading in Partnerships. RAND Journal of Economics, 26(4): 591-613.

1995

3rd

Jonathan Gruber. 1994. The Incidence of Mandated Maternity Benefits. American Economic Review, 84(3): 622-641

1994

2nd

Phillip Cook and Michael Moore. 1993. Drinking and schooling. Journal of Health Economics, 12(4): 411-429.

1993

1st

Richard Hirth. 1992. Nursing Home Quality: Roles of Information and Ownership (Unpublished paper)

 

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