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Household Health Expenditure in Mexico and its Relation with Resource Availability, Remittances and Intra-household Allocation


  • Jorge N. Valero Gil

    () (Profesor, Facultad de Economía, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), Monterrey, N.L. México.)

  • María de Lourdes Treviño Villarreal

    () (Profesora, Facultad de Economía, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), Monterrey, N.L. México.)


This study analyzes the effect that the availability of resources and remittances have on household healthcare expenditure, as well as its intra-household allocation, a topic that has barely been explored in the case of Mexico. Using a Tobit model and GLS, we find that health is a luxury good, with an expenditure elasticity useful for social valuation close to 2.0, and another useful for private investment of 1.24. In contrast to institutional transfers, which proved not significant, remittances show an additional effect for the population lacking labor or social security. Significant gender differences are also found for certain age groups.

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  • Jorge N. Valero Gil & María de Lourdes Treviño Villarreal, 2010. "Household Health Expenditure in Mexico and its Relation with Resource Availability, Remittances and Intra-household Allocation," Economía Mexicana NUEVA ÉPOCA, , vol. 0(2), pages 311-342, July-Dece.
  • Handle: RePEc:emc:ecomex:v:19:y:2010:i:2:p:311-342

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    household health expenditure; remittances; intra-household allocation; social security; Tobit model.;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I39 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Other
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy


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