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Social influence and neighbourhood effects in the health care market

  • Montefiori, Marcello
  • Resta, Marina

This work is intended to analyze the market for health care through a computational approach based on unsupervised neural networks. The paper provides a theoretical framework for a computational model that relies on Kohonen's self organizing maps (SOM), arranged into two layers: in the upper layer the competition dynamics of health care providers is modelled, whereas in the lower level patients behaviour is monitored. Interactions take place both vertically between the layers (in a bi-directional way), and horizontally, inside each level, exploiting neighbourhood features of SOM: signals move vertically from hospitals to patients and vice-versa, but they also spread out sideward, from patient to patient, and from hospital to hospital. The result is a new approach addressing the issue of hospital behaviour and demand mechanism modelling, which conjugates a robust theoretical implementation together with an instrument of deep graphical impact.

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Paper provided by Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS in its series POLIS Working Papers with number 98.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:uca:ucapdv:98
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