Recent Analysis and Research

Posted April 20, 2015
Adam Hale Shapiro

Economic Letter a Publication of Economic Research

The 2006 health-care reform in Massachusetts relied heavily on the private insurance market. Recent evidence shows that the reform boosted payments to physicians from private insurers by 13% relative to other areas. This increase began immediately before the reform became law, suggesting that insurers raised payments in anticipation of the change. The reform may have also caused the state’s insurance premiums to fall. Overall, evidence suggests that the Massachusetts health-care reform shifted dollars away from insurers and towards providers and consumers.

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Posted February 23, 2015
Andrew K. Rose and Mark M. Spiegel

Working Papers a Publication of Economic Research

We explore the relationship between inflation and the bond market. Bond holders are exposed to capital losses through inflation and represent a potential anti-inflationary force; we ask whether their influence is apparent using a simple theoretical model where bond issuance leads to political pressure on the government to choose a lower inflation rate. We then check empirical data before and after the introduction of a domestic bond market. Inflation-targeting countries with a bond market experience inflation approximately 3-4 percentage points lower than those without one.

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The New Geography of Jobs (EiP)

Posted April 30, 2014

The New Geography of Jobs

In the 1950s, the best indicator of a community's economic success was its level of physical capital. In today's world, the best indicator of a community's economic success is human capital. Professor Enrico Moretti discusses the factors shaping community development and the pivotal role of college-educated workers.

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