The author order is alphabetical, and the authors made equal contributions to the work.
Article first published online: 9 JUL 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 437–456, April 2009
How to Cite
Crossley, T. F., Hurley, J. and Jeon, S.-H. (2009), Physician labour supply in Canada: a cohort analysis. Health Econ., 18: 437–456. doi: 10.1002/hec.1378
This article was published online on 9 July 2008. An error was subsequently identified. This notice is included in the online and print versions to indicate that both have been corrected (16/07/2008).
- Issue published online: 5 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 9 JUL 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 APR 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 3 MAR 2008
- Manuscript Received: 4 JUN 2007
- labour supply;
- cohort analysis
This paper employs a cohort analysis to examine the relative importance of different factors in explaining changes in the number of hours spent in direct patient care by Canadian general/family practitioners (GPs) over the period 1982–2003. Cohorts are defined by year of graduation from medical school. The results for male GPs indicate that there is little age effect on hours of direct patient care, especially among physicians aged 35–55, there is no strong cohort effect on hours of direct patient care, but there is a secular decline in hours of direct patient care over the period. The results for female GPs indicate that female physicians on average work fewer hours than male physicians, there is a clear age effect on hours of direct patient care, there is no strong cohort effect, and there has been little secular change in average hours of direct patient care. The changing behaviour of male GPs accounted for a greater proportion of the overall decline in hours of direct patient care from the 1980s through the mid-1990s than did the growing proportion of female GPs in the physician stock. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.