The Economics Department

Seth Neller wins Second Year Paper Award

Tue, October 9, 2018
Seth Neller wins Second Year Paper Award
Dr. Miravete (L) and Seth Neller (R)

Doctoral student Seth Neller was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Best Second Year Paper Award. He received this honor and a $2,500 scholarship at a Happy Hour at Scholz Garten on September 28. The award was presented by Graduate Studies Committee chairman, Eugenio Miravete. The event was well attended by faculty and graduate students.  

As part of the doctoral requirements, all 2nd-year students must submit a single-authored research paper during their spring semester.  After the submission process has been completed, the Graduate Research Committee selects one student to receive The Second Year Paper Award.  This honor is given annually.

Seth Neller's paper, "Do Medicare Payments Affect Medical Practice Structure?”, used a geographic regression discontinuity design to assess the effect of fee-for-service Medicare payments on the size of medical practice groups and utilization of nurse practitioners to deliver outpatient care. His findings suggested that marginal Medicare reimbursement decreases result in changes to medical practice structure, rather than reductions in health care access for covered beneficiaries.

Seth is a 3rd-year Ph.D. student from Searcy, AR. When he is not doing research, he enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his wife Sarah and son Paul. 


Students and facultyStudents and faculty at Scholz Garten

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