Cutler, David M, and Kaushik Ghosh. 2012. “The Potential for Cost Savings through Bundled Episode Payments.” New England Journal of Medicine, 336, 12, 1075-1077. Website
Cutler, David M, and Jonathan Gruber. 2012. “The Affordable Care Act is Constitutional,” Annals of Internal Medicine, 156 (9): 660-663. PDF
Cutler, David M. 2012. “Mitt Romney on Health Care: No, We Can’t.” news@JAMA, April 27, 2012. PDF
Cutler, David M. 2012. “The Supreme Court Flunks Economics—and That’s Bad News for Patients and Physicians.” news@JAMA, March 29, 2012. PDF
Cutler, David M, and Adriana Lleras-Muney. 2012. “Education and Health: Insights from International Comparisons. NBER Working Paper No. 17738”. PDF
Ruhnke, Greg, Marcelo Coca-Perraillon, Barrett T Kitch, and David M Cutler. 2011. “Marked Reduction in 30-day Mortality among Elderly Patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia,” American Journal of Medicine, 124 (2): 171-178. PDF
Cutler, David M, and Dan P Ly. 2011. “The (Paper) Work of Medicine: Understanding International Medical Costs,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 30 (6): 1174-1187. Website
Conti, Rena, Alisa B Busch, and David M Cutler. 2011. “The Overuse of Antidepressents in a Nationally Representative Adult Patient Population in 2005,” Psychiatric Services, 62 (7): 720-726. Website
Cutler, David M, Fabian Lange, Ellen Meara, Seth Richards-Shubik, and Christopher J Ruhme. 2011. “Rising Educational Gradients in Mortality: The Role of Behavioral Factors,” Journal of Health Economcis, 30 (6): 1174-1187. Website
Rosenthal, Meredith B, David M Cutler, and Judith Feder. 2011. “The ACO Rules — Striking the Balance between Participation and Transformative Potential,” The New England Journal of Medicine, 365 (4): 1-3. Website
Cutler, David M, and Leemore Dafny. 2011. “Designing Transparency Systems for Medical Care Prices,” New England Journal of Medicine, 364: 364:894-895. Publisher's Version
Cutler, David M. 2010. “Health Reform Passes the Cost Test.” Wall Street Journal.
Cutler, David M, and Edward L Glaeser. 2010. “Social Interactions and Smoking,” edited by Davis Wise, 123-141. Research Findings in the Economics of Aging. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 123-141. Website
Cutler, David M, and Adriana Lleras-Muney. 2010. “The Education Gradient in Old Age Disability,” edited by David Wise, 101-120. Research Findings in the Economics of Aging. Chicago: University of Chicago, 101-120. Publisher's Version
Cutler, David M, and Adriana Lleras-Muney. 2010. “Understanding Differences in Health Behavior by Education,” Journal of Health Economics, 29 (1): 1-28. Website
Cutler, David M, Katherine Baicker, and Zirui Song. 2010. “Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings,” Health Affairs, 29 (2): 1-8. Website
Cutler, David M, Robert Huckman, and Jonathan Kolstad. 2010. “Input Constraints and the Efficiency of Entry: Lessons from Cardiac Surgery,” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2 (1): 51-76. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Prior studies suggest that, with elastically supplied inputs, free entry may lead to an inefficiently high number of firms in equilibrium. Under input scarcity, however, the welfare loss from free entry is reduced. Further, free entry may increase use of high-quality inputs, as oligopolistic firms underuse these inputs when entry is constrained. We assess these predictions by examining how the 1996 repeal of certificate-of-need (CON) legislation in Pennsylvania affected the market for cardiac surgery in the state. We show that entry led to a redistribution of surgeries to higher-quality surgeons and that this entry was approximately welfare neutral.
Cutler, David M, David C Chan, William H Shrank, Saira Jan, Michael A Fischer, Jun Liu, Jerry Avorn, Daniel Solomon, Alan M Brookhart, and Niteesh K Choudhry. 2010. “Patient, Physician, and Payment Predictors of Statin Adherence,” Medical Care, 48 (3): 196-202. WebsiteAbstract
Background: Although many patient, physician, and payment predictors of adherence have been described, knowledge of their relative strength and overall ability to explain adherence is limited. Objectives: To measure the contributions of patient, physician, and payment predictors in explaining adherence to statins. Research Design: Retrospective cohort study using administrative data. Subjects: A total of 14,257 patients insured by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey who were newly prescribed a statin cholesterol-lowering medication. Measures: Adherence to statin medication was measured during the year after the initial prescription, based on proportion of days covered. The impact of patient, physician, and payment predictors of adherence were evaluated using multivariate logistic regression. The explanatory power of these models was evaluated with C statistics, a measure of the goodness of fit. Results: Overall, 36.4% of patients were fully adherent. Older patient age, male gender, lower neighborhood percent black composition, higher median income, and fewer number of emergency department visits were significant patient predictors of adherence. Having a statin prescribed by a cardiologist, a patient's primary care physician, or a US medical graduate were significant physician predictors of adherence. Lower copayments also predicted adherence. All of our models had low explanatory power. Multivariate models including patient covariates only had greater explanatory power (C = 0.613) than models with physician variables only (C = 0.566) or copayments only (C = 0.543). A fully specified model had only slightly more explanatory power (C = 0.633) than the model with patient characteristics alone. Conclusions: Despite relatively comprehensive claims data on patients, physicians, and out-of-pocket costs, our overall ability to explain adherence remains poor. Administrative data likely do not capture many complex mechanisms underlying adherence.
Cutler, David M, Winnie Fung, Michael Kremer, Monica Singhal, and Tom Vogl. 2010. “Early Life Malaria Exposure and Adult Outcomes: Evidence from Malaria Eradication in India,” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2 (2): 196-202. Publisher's VersionAbstract
We examine the effects of exposure to malaria in early childhood on educational attainment and economic status in adulthood by exploiting geographic variation in malaria prevalence in India prior to a nationwide eradication program in the 1950s. We find that the program led to modest increases in household per capita consumption for prime age men, and the effects for men are larger than those for women in most specifications. We find no evidence of increased educational attainment for men and mixed evidence for women.
Cutler, David M, and Wendy Everett. 2010. “Thinking Outside the Pillbox -- Medication Adherence as a Priority for Healthcare Reform,” New England Journal of Medicine, 10 (1056). Website