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New Estimates of the Demand for Health: Results Based on a Categorical Health Measure and Swedish Micro Data

  • Gerdtham, Ulf-G

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Johannesson, Magnus

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

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 5,000 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, overweight, urbanisation and being single.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 205.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 07 Nov 1997
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Publication status: Published in Social Science & Medicine, 1999, pages 1999.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0205
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