Labour and Public Policy Seminar: Petter Lundborg, Lund University

Title: ”Do Workers Learn? Evidence from Heart Attack Treatments” (Bo Lagerqvist, Petter Lundborg and Johan Vikström)

2019.08.29 | Charlotte Sparrevohn

Date Fri 04 Oct
Time 10:00 11:30
Location Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, Building 2632(L), room 242

Speaker: Petter Lundborg, Lund University

Title: ”Do Workers Learn? Evidence from Heart Attack Treatments” (Bo Lagerqvist, Petter Lundborg and Johan Vikström)

Abstract: Estimating the effect of experience on performance is complicated due to the non-random sorting of workers to tasks. We address such sorting by exploiting as-if random assignment of physicians to patients during on-call shifts. For this purpose, we use linked patient-physician data on acute heart attack treatments in Sweden and show that the systematic sorting of doctors to patients disappears during on-call shifts. We show that experience has long-lasting effects on physician proficiency and decision-making, but that effects on patient outcomes are rapid and short-lasting.

Organiser: Niels Skipper

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