The Role of Physicians in Hospital Production Academic Article uri icon


  • We use a translog production function approach to examine the effects of medical staff physicians on hospital production, and how their effects differ in teaching and non- teaching hospitals. In teaching hospitals, we also focus on the special role of medical residents. We find that physicians have a strong positive influence on the productivity of other inputs, and that they are substitutes for other resources. Controlling for patient casemix causes significant changes in estimated marginal products; those of labor inputs increase and that of capital declines. The implications of our findings for policy are explored.

published proceedings

  • The Review of Economics and Statistics

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Jensen, G. A., & Morrisey, M. A

citation count

  • 61

complete list of authors

  • Jensen, GA||Morrisey, MA

publication date

  • August 1986