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Job Market Candidate
Anne Fitzpatrick is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She will be on the job market in Fall 2014. Her research interest is in development economics, specializing in global health. For her dissertation, she tests potential policy interventions to improve access to high-quality healthcare through randomized experiments. Her job market paper tests whether improved customer information reduces the price and prevalence of counterfeit drugs. She conducts a randomized audit study in partnership with professors of Pharmacy at Mbarara University, Uganda. Mystery shoppers purchase anti-malarial drugs from randomly selected outlets according ot randomized scripts. The purchased drugs are then tested to detemine if they are counterfeit or authentic. She pairs that data with surveys of providers and real customers at the same outlets. She finds suggestive evidence that providers decrease prices by 5 percent and also decrease drug and service quality; drug quality falls because there are lower future lost profits if customers detect low drug quality. In addition, she has coauthored work with her advisor, Dr. Rebecca Thornton, on the impact of health insurance on children’s healthcare utilization in Nicaragua. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Ms. Fitzpatrick graduated with honors from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve as a Research Assistant.
Do Informed Consumers Reduce the Price and Prevalence of Counterfeit Drugs? Evidence from the Antimalarial Market — Job Market Paper
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