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Private versus Public Service Location Behaviour: The Case of Rural Dentists


  • Beguin, H
  • Ipanga, T


The purpose of this paper is to explore the interface between private and public service location behavior. An empirical test investigates the following hypothesis: when competition is restricted to locational behavior, independent private firms select their locations so as to maximize accessibility to their clients. The case of dentists in a rural environment supports this hypothesis by showing a significant similarity between the observed location pattern and simulated p-median configurations.

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  • Beguin, H & Ipanga, T, 1991. "Private versus Public Service Location Behaviour: The Case of Rural Dentists," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 25(2), pages 115-130, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:25:y:1991:i:2:p:115-30

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    4. Oosterhaven, Jan, 2004. "On the definition of key sectors and the stability of net versus gross multipliers," Research Report 04C01, University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management).
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