Rural Hospital Closures and the Effects on Maternity Services
: 6-10 weeks, up to 20 hours/week
Number of Positions
: Hourly Princeton student RA rate, based on actual hours worked
: Janet Currie
, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
: Rural hospital closures have attracted a good deal of scrutiny since they often mean that people must travel further to receive care. Less attention has been paid to the fact that hospitals have increasingly reduced the services that they offer, which can also necessitate long trips to other hospitals. This project will look at the effects of hospitals that have stopped offering maternity services using data from the state of Michigan. In addition to closures in rural locations, this study will also be able to examine the effects of closures in urban areas such as Detroit.
Research Assistant Responsibilities:
A good candidate for this job will have excellent internet search skills and be willing, if necessary, to contact hospital administrators and public officials in order to confirm information about dates of hospital closures over the past 20 years. Once a list of closures has been obtained, the next step will be to geocode the locations of the affected hospitals as well as other hospitals in Michigan.
: Prior experience geocoding is a plus, but is not required as Princeton University offers training in this skill.