Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: There is ongoing litigation
about whether the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) restrains competition
for residents and suppresses wages.1 Although
the legal issues have been discussed in detail,2,3 the
basic economic question is whether a market organized by a match results in
lower wages than if there were no match. We compared similar markets for postgraduate
medical fellowships that operate with and without a match.
Niederle M, Roth AE. Relationship Between Wages and Presence of a Match in Medical Fellowships. JAMA. 2003;290(9):1153-1154. doi:10.1001/jama.290.9.1153