Do Nonprofit and Government Nursing Homes Enter Unprofitable Markets?
Jeffrey P. Ballou
Northeastern University - Department of Economics
Economic Inquiry, Vol. 46, Issue 2, pp. 241-260, April 2008
Using data from markets in the rural United States, this study addresses whether nonprofit and government nursing facilities locate in markets that for-profit firms cannot profitably enter, thereby expanding access to nursing care to populations that would not otherwise be served. The results indicate that while nonprofit and for-profit nursing homes typically enter similar markets, government nursing homes are more likely to enter markets that have small populations generally and too few elderly residents to be profitable for for-profits. The results have implications for the efficient provision of access to long-term care for isolated populations and other underserved groups.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
JEL Classification: L10, L20, I11Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 18, 2008
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