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September 3, 2003

Relationship Between Wages and Presence of a Match in Medical Fellowships

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(9):1153-1154. doi:10.1001/jama.290.9.1153

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.

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