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An analysis of the location decision of young primary care physicians


  • Bruce Carpenter
  • Stephen Neun


The major objective of this study is to determine the factors influencing the first-time location decision of young primary care physicians. Employing a county-based data set that includes a host of health industry characteristics, demographic attributes, and economic factors, this study explores the factors that come into play when a young primary care physician decides where to practice medicine. In the demand side of the market, it was found that young physicians have an affinity for locating in moderately populated areas. Supply factors also come into play as young physicians appear most willing to locate in counties free of crime, poverty, and excessive taxes and where there is a strong academic presence. A moderate cost of living was also important. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 1999

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  • Bruce Carpenter & Stephen Neun, 1999. "An analysis of the location decision of young primary care physicians," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 27(2), pages 135-149, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:27:y:1999:i:2:p:135-149
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02300234

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    1. Joseph P. Newhouse & Albert P. Williams & Bruce W. Bennett & William B. Schwartz, 1982. "Does the Geographical Distribution of Physicians Reflect Market Failure?," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 13(2), pages 493-505, Autumn.
    2. Dionne, Georges & Langlois, Alain & Lemire, Nicole, 1987. "More on the geographical distribution of physicians," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 6(4), pages 365-374, December.
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