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Professor Carol Propper has won an award from the American Economic Association for a study that shows how a lack of competition between hospitals can be deadly.

The study, which won a Best Paper award by the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, looks at the relationship between hospital competition and healthcare quality. The study found that a lack of competition between health providers has a negative impact on patient care, clinical processes, staff productivity and expenditure.

Professor Propper said: “I’m honoured that my research has been recognised by the American Economic Association. Competition between hospitals has been shown to bring benefits and in some cases lack of competition can have serious consequences for patients and productivity in the healthcare industry. More work needs to be done to properly understand these issues.”

The research paper was co-authored by Professor Propper alongside Martin Gaynor and Rodrigo Moreno-Serra and was one of only four papers to be awarded the honour in 2016. The American Economic Association which publishes the journal has also cited the research in a blog article by Tim Hyde entitled When Hospitals Compete, Do Patients Win?

Professor Propper’s work is supported by an ESRC Professional Fellowship examining the market and healthcare production, and a project with Dr Marisa Miraldo funded by the Health Foundation on networks and competition in the NHS.

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