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Hospital treatment rates and spillover effects: Does ownership matter?

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  • Baltagi, Badi H.
  • Yen, Yin-Fang

This paper studies the effect of hospital ownership on treatment rates allowing for spatial correlation among hospitals. Competition among hospitals and knowledge spillovers generate significant externalities which we try to capture using the spatial Durbin model. Using a panel of 2342 hospitals in the 48 continental states observed over the period 2005 to 2008, we find significant spatial correlation of medical service treatment rates among hospitals. We also get mixed results on the effect of hospital ownership on treatment rates that depends upon the market structure where the hospital is located and which varies by treatment type.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 49 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 193-202

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Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:49:y:2014:i:c:p:193-202
DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2014.01.005
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