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Characteristics of demand for antibiotics in primary care: an almost ideal model

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  • Massimo Filippini
  • Giuliano Masiero
  • Karine Moschetti

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We model demand for di¤erent classes of antibiotics used for respiratory infections in outpatient care using a linear approximate almost ideal demand system approach. We compute elasticities to socioeconomic determinants of consumption and own- and cross- price elasticities between di¤erent groups of antibiotics. We .nd signi.cant elasticities between newer/more expensive generations and older/less expensive generations of antibiotics. The larger use of more expensive antibiotics is also associated with the self-dispensing status of practices, ceteris paribus.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Technology Management, University of Bergamo in its series Working Papers with number 0701.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Keywords: Antibiotic use; Demand equations; Demand elasticities; Almost Ideal Model; Self-dispensing;

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  1. Ellison, S & Cockburn, I & Griliches, A & Hausman, J, 1996. "Characteristics of Demand for Pharmaceutical Products : an Examination of four Cephalosporins," Working papers 96-24, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
  2. Filippini, Massimo & Masiero, Giuliano & Moschetti, Karine, 2006. "Socioeconomic determinants of regional differences in outpatient antibiotic consumption: Evidence from Switzerland," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 78(1), pages 77-92, August.
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