Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics 249: Comparing the treatment provided by migrant and non-migrant health professionals: dentists in Scotland

Martin Chalkley, Colin Tilley, Shaolin Wang

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    Abstract

    Many OECD countries are increasingly relying on migrants to address shortages of trained health professionals. One key concern is whether migrant health professionals provide equivalent health care. We compare the treatment provided by migrant and non-migrant health professionals using administrative data from the Scottish dental system. A difference-in-differences model is estimated to examine whether migrant dentists respond differently to case mix and individual circumstances as compared with their non-migrant counterparts, and assess the extent to which any differences diminish over time. After controlling for both observed and unobserved differences between individual dentists and the cohort of patients that they treat, we find that migrant dentists have marginally different practice styles, and the variation diminishes over time within two years of practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

    Publication series

    NameDundee Discussion Papers in Economics
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    No.249
    ISSN (Print)1473-236X

    Keywords

    • Migrant health professionals
    • treatment difference
    • Assimilation

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