Small-sample Behavioral Economics

I inadvertently attended the 2015 AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. (I also attended the Latin Grammy awards and met Nicky Jam, along with some other folks who were younger and cooler than the gynecologists.)

Sitting at a casino restaurant next to four gynecologists, I learned that two of the four had been asked by patients “Is there a pill that I can take to ensure pregnancy after a one-night stand?” and “How can I get pregnant starting from oral sex or from a used condom on the side of the bed?” [Answers: Clomifene, but watch out for twins, and they refused to prescribe it; cervical cap, which was dispensed.]

The two gynecologists who had never been asked these questions were from Nevada (child support capped at $13,000/year for 18 years) and Texas (child support capped at about $20,000/year for 18 years).

The two gynecologists who had been asked to assist with pregnancies from casual and/or non-traditional sexual encounters were from California (potentially unlimited child support revenue by formula for 18 years) and Massachusetts (23-year revenue stream; first $40,000/year by formula plus 11 percent of defendant’s pre-tax income over $250,000/year),


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