Ryan C. McDevitt

Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
Department of Economics
Durham, NC 27708

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Institutional Affiliation: Duke University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

July 2018School Spirit: Legislator School Ties and State Funding for Higher Education
with Aaron K. Chatterji, Joowon Kim: w24818
We explore a new mechanism to understand state funding for public colleges and universities by leveraging data on the educational experiences of state legislators, specifically if and where they received postsecondary education. Using novel, hand-collected data from 2002 through 2014, we provide comprehensive documentation for the first time in the literature on the educational backgrounds of state legislators. We find a statistically significant, positive association between the share of legislators who attended their states' public institutions and state funding for their entire public higher-education system. We also find a similar positive relationship between the share of state legislators who attended particular campuses of the state's public university system and funding for those c...

Published: Aaron K. Chatterji & Joowon Kim & Ryan C. McDevitt, 2018. "School spirit: Legislator school ties and state funding for higher education," Journal of Public Economics, vol 164, pages 254-269. citation courtesy of

September 2016Strategic Patient Discharge: The Case of Long-Term Care Hospitals
with Paul J. Eliason, Paul L. E. Grieco, James W. Roberts: w22598
Medicare's prospective payment system for long-term acute-care hospitals (LTCHs) pro- vides modest reimbursements at the beginning of a patient's stay before jumping discontinuously to a large lump-sum payment after a pre-specified number of days. We show that LTCHs respond to financial incentives by disproportionately discharging patients after they cross the large-payment threshold, resulting in worse outcomes for patients. We find this occurs more often at for-profit facilities, facilities acquired by leading LTCH chains, and facilities co-located with other hospitals. Using a dynamic structural model, we evaluate counterfactual payment policies that would provide substantial savings for Medicare without adversely affecting patients.

Published: Paul J. Eliason & Paul L. E. Grieco & Ryan C. McDevitt & James W. Roberts, 2018. "Strategic Patient Discharge: The Case of Long-Term Care Hospitals," American Economic Review, vol 108(11), pages 3232-3265. citation courtesy of

July 2010Evidence of a Modest Price Decline in US Broadband Services
with Shane Greenstein: w16166
In this paper, we construct a price index for broadband services in the United States between 2004 and 2009. We analyze over 1500 service contracts offered by DSL and cable providers in the United States. We employ a mix of matched-model methods and hedonic price index estimations to adjust for qualitative improvements. In general, we find some evidence of a quality-adjusted price decline, but the evidence points towards a modest decline at most. Our estimates of the price decline range from 3% to 10% in quality-adjusted terms for the five-year period, which is faster than the BLS estimates for the last three years. These modest price declines look nothing like other parts of electronics, such as computers or integrated circuits, which raises many questions. The results also inform a range...

Published: Greenstein, Shane & McDevitt, Ryan, 2011. "Evidence of a modest price decline in US broadband services," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 200-211, June. citation courtesy of

February 2009The Broadband Bonus: Accounting for Broadband Internet's Impact on U.S. GDP
with Shane Greenstein: w14758
How much economic value did the diffusion of broadband create? We provide benchmark estimates for 1999 to 2006. We observe $39 billion of total revenue in Internet access in 2006, with broadband accounting for $28 billion of this total. Depending on the estimate, households generated $20 to $22 billion of the broadband revenue. Approximately $8.3 to $10.6 billion was additional revenue created between 1999 and 2006. That replacement is associated with $4.8 to $6.7 billion in consumer surplus, which is not measured via Gross Domestic Product (GDP). An Internet-access Consumer Price Index (CPI) would have to decline by 1.6% to 2.2% per year for it to reflect the creation of value. These estimates both differ substantially from those typically quoted in Washington policy discussions, and they...

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