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Time-Varying Income Elasticities of Healthcare Expenditure for the OECD and Eurozone

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  • Isabel Casas
  • Jiti Gao
  • Bin Peng
  • Shangyu Xie

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Income elasticity dynamics of health expenditure is considered for the OECD and Eurozone over the period 1995-2014. Motivated by some modelling challenges, this paper studies a class of non-linear cointegration panel data models, controlling for cross-section dependence and certain endogeneity. Using the corresponding methods, our empirical analyses show a slight increase in the income elasticity of the healthcare expenditure over the years, but still with values under 1, meaning that healthcare is not a luxury good in the OECD and Eurozone.

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  • Isabel Casas & Jiti Gao & Bin Peng & Shangyu Xie, 2019. "Time-Varying Income Elasticities of Healthcare Expenditure for the OECD and Eurozone," Monash Econometrics and Business Statistics Working Papers 28/19, Monash University, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics.
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    health expenditure; income elasticity; nonparametric kernel smoothing; nonstationarity.;
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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health

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