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Title: Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland

Citation Type: Journal Article

Publication Year: 2019

ISSN: 0002-8282

DOI: 10.1257/aer.20181446

Abstract: We study the effect of physician workforce diversity on the demand for preventive care among African American men. In an experi- ment in Oakland, California, we randomize black men to black or non-black male medical doctors. We use a two-stage design, measur- ing decisions before (pre-consultation) and after (post-consultation) meeting their assigned doctor. Subjects select a similar number of preventives in the pre-consultation stage, but are much more likely to select every preventive service, particularly invasive services, once meeting with a racially concordant doctor. Our findings suggest black doctors could reduce the black-white male gap in cardiovascu- lar mortality by 19 percent.

Url: https://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/aer.20181446

Url: https://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/10.1257/aer.20181446

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Authors: Alsan, Marcella; Garrick, Owen; Graziani, Grant

Periodical (Full): American Economic Review

Issue: 12

Volume: 109

Pages: 4071-4111

Data Collections: IPUMS NHIS

Topics: Health, Race and Ethnicity

Countries: United States