LDI Research Seminar Series

John Mullahy, PhD
Interim Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Children's Utilization Of Prescription Drugs"

April 27, 2001, 12:00 p.m.
Colonial Penn Center Auditorium
(3641 Locust Walk)

Abstract Biosketch

This paper develops a model of children's prescription drug utilization and proceeds to use data on children ages 0-14 years from Phase 2 (1991-1994) of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-III) to estimate a set of demand or utilization models describing how insurance coverage, access to care, chronic disease status, and other child-, household-, and area-specific factors influence prescription drug utilization. Particular attention is paid to the sensitivity of inferences about insurance impacts to inclusion of other covariates, to racial/ethnic differences in utilization patterns and influences, to econometric model specification issues, and to possible implications of misreporting of prescription drug use. The findings generally suggest important roles for health insurance and access to health care as determinants of the patterns of prescription drug utilization, but the magnitudes and statistical significance of such estimated impacts are clearly dependent on econometric specification issues.

John Mullahy is Professor and Interim Chairman of Preventive Medicine and Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Research Associate in the Health Economics, Health Care, and Children's Programs at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1985 and his B.A. in Economics magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1979, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His previous appointments have been as an Associate Professor of Economics at Trinity College, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center, a Lecturer in Economics, Public Health, and Organization and Management at Yale University, and a Fellow at Resources for the Future. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Professor Mullahy's research interests include the economic aspects of tobacco and alcohol use, pediatric health care utilization, preventive care, health care evaluation methodologies, and applied econometrics. He has authored or co-authored a variety of journal articles and book chapters on these and other topics. He is presently on the editorial boards of Alcohol Health & Research, the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, and Medical Decision Making. His recent professional public service has also included duties as a consultant on projects of the AHRQ, CDC, Duke Univ./Joyce Foundation, and UConn/RWJ Foundation. His recent private sector consulting has included work for pharmaceutical manufacturers.

He is married to Joan McGovern, with whom he enjoys four terrific children, Michael (11), Anne (7), Katherine (7), and Maura (5). In his scant spare time, he jogs, golfs, and follows the variable fortunes of the New York Mets.

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