How Does Race Matter, Anyway?

Published in: Health Services Research, v. 40, no. 1, Editorial, Feb. 2005, p. 1-7

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2004

by Jose J. Escarce

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The author summarizes two articles by Balsa and McGuire (2001, 2003) that have used the language and tools of economic theory to examine several phenomena that can influence doctors' decision making during clinical encounters that patients and result in racial disparities in health care. These articles adapted and extended earlier theoretical developments in labor economics.

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