New working paper on regional patient mobility

Together with Michael Irlacher, Dieter Pennerstorfer (both Linz), and Anna-Theresa Renner (Vienna) I analyze regional patient flows in Austria.  

 

You can access the paper here: Cege Discussion Paper No. 418, April 2021

This paper estimates a theory-guided gravity equation of regional patient flows. In our model, a patient’s choice to consult a physician in a particular region depends on a measure of spatial accessibility that accounts for the exact locations of both patients and physicians. Introducing this concept in a spatial economics model, we derive an augmented gravity-type equation and show that our measure of accessibility performs better in explaining patient flows than bilateral distance. We conduct a rich set of counterfactual simulations, illustrating that the effects of physicians’ market exits on patient mobility crucially depend on their exact locations.

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