Dollars and Performance: Cost Effectiveness of Substance Abuse Treatment in Maine
AbstractIf public funds are allocated efficiently , then an increase in expenditure should improve the performance of substance abuse treatment programs. However, the unconditional correlation between performance and expenditures per patient is non-positive in the data sets used in this paper. One explanation for this seemingly surprising result is that programs that treat more difficult patients receive more resources per patient. This paper addresses this potential endogeneity both theoretically and empirically.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Boston University - Industry Studies Programme in its series Papers with number 0085.
Date of creation: Jan 1998
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- Machado, M.P., 1998. "Dollars and Performance : Cost Effectiveness of Substance Abuse Treatment in Maine," Papers 85, Boston University - Industry Studies Programme.
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