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Health-related externalities: Evidence from a choice experiment

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  • Hurley, Jeremiah
  • Mentzakis, Emmanouil

Health-related external benefits are of potentially large importance for public policy. This paper investigates health-related external benefits using a stated-preference discrete-choice experiment framed in a health care context and including choice scenarios defined by six attributes related to a recipient and the recipient's condition: communicability, severity, medical necessity, relationship to respondent, location, and amount of contribution requested. Subjects also completed a set of own-treatment scenarios and a values-orientation instrument. We find evidence of substantial health-related external benefits that vary as expected with the scenario attributes and subjects’ value orientations. The results are consistent with a number of hypotheses offered by the general theoretical analysis of health-related externalities and the analysis of externalities specific to health care.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 32 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 671-681

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:32:y:2013:i:4:p:671-681
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2013.03.005
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