Working Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Bergen
Jan Erik Askildsen
Wages and work conditions as determinants for physicians’ work decisions
() and Tor Helge Holmås
Abstract: It is not uncommon that publicly employed physicians also
have income from work outside the hospital, often termed moonlighting.
There is little empirical evidence of such activity. In this paper we
investigate which factors that may influence physicians’ choice of work
between the public hospital sector and elsewhere. An exceptionally high
wage increase in 1996 for one group of hospital physicians (assistant
physicians) serves as a natural experiment, and we analyse whether wages in
general and this reform in particular have affected physicians’ external
earnings. For assistant physicians we find that higher wages at public
hospitals affect negatively both the decisions to earn income externally,
and level of income once active. For consultant physicians, on the other
hand, there was no such response to the wage increase. Several hospital
specific factors representing job specific work characteristics also matter
for physicians’ decisions to moonlight.
Keywords: Physicians; wages; job characteristics; moonlighting; panel data.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I11; J22; J23; J44; (follow links to similar papers)
26 pages, March 1, 2006
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