東京大学政策評価研究教育センター

Title Innovation and Diffusion of Medical Treatment
Date 2019年10月28日(月) Otober 28, 10:30-12:00
Venue 東京大学学術交流棟(小島ホール)1階・第1セミナー室 [地図]
Seminar Room No. 1, Economics Research Annex (Kojima Hall), University of Tokyo [MAP]
Speaker Robert A. Miller (Carnegie Mellon University)
Abstract This paper develops and estimates a dynamic structural model of demand for a multiattribute product. The demand side equilibrium supports a product spectrum, the characteristics of which evolve over time in response to supply innovations induced by the composition and extent of aggregate demand. The direction and speed of innovation is inefficient because individuals create an externality by not accounting for their influence on the discovery process. We apply the model to drugs invented to combat the HIV epidemic, during which frequent, incremental innovations in medication were punctuated by sporadic breakthroughs. In this application products differ in their efficacy and their propensity to cause side effects. Our biennial data on four American cities track a replenished panel of individuals for over twenty years, from when drugs were not only ineffective but also created debilitating side effects, to when the market matured. We find that the externalities are quantitatively important and that even a temporary subsidy would have improved average social welfare and been more equitable.
Information 英語での発表となります(Presentation in English)
主催:Empirical Micro Research Seminar