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Health production and the socioeconomic determinants of health in OECD countries: the use of efficiency models

  • Jean Spinks

    (Victorian Public Health Training scheme)

  • Bruce Hollingsworth


    (Centre for Health Economics, Monash University)

It has been proposed that cross-country comparisons of the technical efficiency of health production, estimated using data envelopment analysis (DEA), have useful applications for policy makers. In theory such an analysis utilises measures of the socioeconomic determinants of health relevant to all social policy, not just health policy. Using OECD and WHO data, this paper critically analyses a number of outstanding theoretical questions regarding the use of DEA in this setting. It concludes that until such questions are addressed, the resultant implications for policy will be based on misleading information.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Centre for Health Economics in its series Centre for Health Economics Working Papers with number 151/05.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Handle: RePEc:mhe:chewps:2005-151
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