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New estimates of the demand for health: results based on a categorical health measure and Swedish micro data

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  • Gerdtham, Ulf-G.
  • Johannesson, Magnus

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In this paper we estimate a "Grossman" model of demand for health based on Swedish micro data. The data set consists of a random sample of over 5000 individuals taken from the Swedish adult population. Health capital is measured by a categorical measure of overall health status, and an ordered probit model is used to econometrically estimate the demand for health equation. The results are consistent with the theoretical predictions and show that the demand for health increases with income and education and decreases with age, male gender, overweight, living in big cities and being single.

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  • Gerdtham, Ulf-G. & Johannesson, Magnus, 1999. "New estimates of the demand for health: results based on a categorical health measure and Swedish micro data," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 49(10), pages 1325-1332, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:49:y:1999:i:10:p:1325-1332
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    Keywords

    Demand for health Health production Health status;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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