Study of California Nurse Staffing Law Provides Insights for Similar Ballot Initiatives, Writes Analysis Group Health Economist Emi Terasawa

November 5, 2018

In an op-ed published on, Analysis Group Manager Emi Terasawa discusses findings from her study of the effects of California’s nurse staffing ratio law, implemented in 2004. Dr. Terasawa’s work underscores both the intended and unintended consequences of such laws. In her op-ed, Dr. Terasawa addresses the impacts from California’s law on nurses, patients, hospitals, and the delivery of health care in California.

With voters in Massachusetts deciding on a similar ballot initiative for their state, notes Dr. Terasawa, “California provides a useful laboratory to study the likely effects of Ballot Question 1 if it were to be adopted in the Bay State.”

Read the op-ed