In Conversation With SIEPR Scholars Maya Rossin Slater & Petra Persson: Family Spillover Effects of Misdiagnosis: The Case of ADHD
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When a health condition is imperfectly observed by an individual, screening plays a critical role in the detection and allocation of medical treatment. Screening policies commonly rely on links between individuals to tag people as having an elevated risk of disease and target screening toward them. An important unintended consequence of this strategy for a large set of medical conditions in which the diagnosing technology is noisy and generates errors---a tag can propagate misdiagnoses across individuals who are linked to one another, and exacerbate the misallocation of health care resources. This discussion will on focus on the case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), in which relative age immaturity has been shown to generate misdiagnoses in numerous countries.
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About the speakers
Maya Rossin-Slater is an Assistant Professor of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 2013 and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 2013 to 2017. Rossin-Slater’s research includes work in health, public, and labor economics. She focuses on issues in maternal and child well-being, family structure and behavior, and policies targeting disadvantaged populations in the United States and other developed countries.
Petra Persson is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford’s Department of Economics. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at the Stanford Center for International Development, and a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Her research agenda centers on social insurance and family structure, and explores the interaction between government-provided insurance and intra-family insurance. Petra Persson was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research from 2013 to 2014, and a Predoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Program from 2012 to 2013. She earned her PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 2013, her MSc in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics in 2006, and her BA in Political Science and Mathematics from Stockholm University in 2005.