Publications by Year: 2003

Cutler, David, and Ellen Meara. 2003. “Changes in the Age Distribution of Mortality over the 20th Century.” Perspectives on the Economics of Aging, edited by David Wise. University of Chicago Press. Website
Cutler, David, and Srikanth Kadiyala. 2003. “The Return to Biomedical Research: Treatment and Behavioral Effects.” Measuring the Gains from Medical Research, edited by Robert Topel and Kevin Murphy. University of Chicago Press. Website
Cutler, David, Daniel Altman, and Richard Zeckhauser. 2003. “Enrollee Mix, Treatment Intensity, and Cost in Competing Indemnity and HMO Plans.” Journal of Health Economic 22 (1): 23-45.
Cutler, David, and Robert Huckman. 2003. “Technological Development and Medical Productivity: The Diffusion of Angioplasty in New York State.” Journal of Health Economics 22 (2): 187-217.
Cutler, David. 2003. “Employee Costs and the Decline in Health Insurance Coverage.” Frontiers in Health Policy Research, Volume 6, edited by David Cutler and Alan Garber. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Cutler, David, Michael Chernew, and Richard Hirth. 2003. “Increased Spending on Health Care: How Much Can the United States Afford?” Health Affairs 22 (4).
Cutler, David. 2003. “A Framework for Evaluating Medical Care Systems.” A Disease-Based Comparison of Health Systems: What Is Best and At What Cost? D.C. OECD. Website
Cutler, David. 2003. “Supplementing Public Insurance Coverage with Private Coverage: Implications for Medical Care Systems.” Labor Markets and Firm Benefit Policies in Japan and the United States, edited by Seiritsu Ogura, Toshiaki Tachibanaki, and David Wise. University of Chicago Press. Website
Cutler, David. 2003. “Pay for Performance.” Forbes 172 (4): 40.
Cutler, David M, and Alan Garber. 2003. Frontiers in Health Policy Research, Volume 6. Berkeley Electronic Press. Website
Cutler, David, and David Wise. 2003. “The US Medical Care System for the Elderly”. Abstract

This paper examines the structure of the American medical care system, especially the system of care for the elderly. We focus on three sets of interactions: coverage rules (how people get health insurance and who pays for it); the reimbursement system (how providers are paid); and access rules (what are the financial and nonfinancial barriers to receipt of care). Coverage in the United States is variable – guaranteed and complete for the elderly, but neither guaranteed nor complete for the nonelderly. Historically, reimbursement of providers was very generous, and access to providers was open. Increasingly, though, the reimbursement and access routes are being restricted, as insurers respond to the perception of significant moral hazard in the receipt of care.

Cutler, David, Edward Glaeser, and Jesse Shapiro. 2003. “Why Have Americans Become More Obese?” Journal of Economic Perspectives 17 (3): 93-118.