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Spatial Health Econometrics

Health Econometrics

ISBN: 978-1-78714-542-9, eISBN: 978-1-78714-541-2

ISSN: 0573-8555

Publication date: 30 May 2018


The objective of this chapter is to introduce the reader to Spatial Health Econometrics (SHE). In both micro and macro health economics there are phenomena that are characterised by a strong spatial dimension, from hospitals engaging in local competitions in the delivery of health care services, to the regional concentration of health risk factors and needs. SHE allows health economists to incorporate these spatial effects using simple econometric models that take into account these spillover effects. This improves our understanding of issues such as hospital quality, efficiency and productivity and the sustainability of health expenditure of regional and national health care systems, to mention a few.




Rita Santos was funded by an NIHR Doctoral Fellowship (DRF 2014-07-055). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funders. We are grateful to Irene Mammi and Francesco Longo for their helpful comments on the earlier versions of this chapter.


Baltagi, B.H., Moscone, F. and Santos, R. (2018), "Spatial Health Econometrics", Health Econometrics (Contributions to Economic Analysis, Vol. 294), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 305-326.



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