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Does Competition Increase Economic Efficiency in Swedish County Councils?

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  • Rudholm, Niklas

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    (Department of Economics, University of Gävle)

  • Nordmark, Arvid

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    (Norrtälje Municipality)

  • Marklund, Per-Olov

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

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    The Swedish health care system is to a large extent publicly managed by 21 local county councils. During recent years there has been a movement were local county councils have opted to allow more of the production to be performed by alternative producers (i.e. private firms, cooperatives etc.). The purpose of this paper is thus to study if local county councils who has a large proportion of health care performed by alternative producers are more economically efficient than other county councils. The results indicate that county councils with more alternative caregivers are supplying their services more efficiently.

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    Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 703.

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    Length: 17 pages
    Date of creation: 20 Feb 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0703

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    Keywords: Economic efficiency in health care; Data Envelopment Analysis; Tobit regression;

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