Publications / Health Care


Policy Memo

By and / 3.13.2018

In October 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed a “drug price transparency bill,” requiring pharma and biotech companies to give advance notification of significant price increases and provide specific justifications. Brown hailed the bill as a big step toward holding down spending on health care. “Californians have a right to know why their medical […]

Policy Memo

By and / 3.1.2018

Healthcare faces three major issues: access, cost, and productivity. Telemedicine — the use of technology to help treat patients remotely – can help address all three. Broadband allows many underserved rural and minority communities that previously had limited access to medical services to remotely access high-quality medical care. Telemedicine reduces the need for expensive real […]

Policy Report

By / 12.13.2016

Economists often apply the term “opportunity costs” to high and middle-income people, meaning that the time they spend on one task is time not available to perform other, potentially more valuable tasks. But social scientists rarely apply the concept to low-income people, acting as if their time is essentially worthless. Sort of like the spouse […]

Policy Memo

By / 12.7.2016

In the United States and other advanced countries, governments and individuals regularly lament the high and ever-rising costs of healthcare; and the ongoing aging of their populations virtually ensures that these costs will continue to increase — perhaps at substantial rates. Many analysts identify the development and broad use of new healthcare technologies as primary […]

Political Memo

By / 10.29.2014

The shift to data-driven growth is one of the most important forces behind the strong performance of the U.S. economy in recent years. Online sales are up by 16% over the past year, and Americans are getting more and more of their information online. Indeed, data-related products and services account for roughly 30% of real […]

Policy Brief

By / 2.5.2013

This brief provides a new explanation for why healthcare cost growth is showing restraint. Specifically, we find evidence that the healthcare sector is finally managing to use its workers more productively. In this policy brief we define a new measure of healthcare productivity, Gross Medical Productivity (GMP). We define GMP as the number of potential […]

Policy Memo

By and / 3.5.2012

Most Americans are painfully aware that their health care premiums are rising faster than other necessities of life. Many also know that their earnings are growing slowly or not at all, despite apparent increases in worker productivity. These problems have been widely reported, but are seldom linked. Yet they are directly connected. The costs of […]