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Do Spa Visits Improve Health: Evidence from German Micro Data


Jonathan Klick


University of Pennsylvania Law School; Erasmus School of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Thomas Stratmann


George Mason University - Buchanan Center Political Economy; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

April 2007

FSU College of Law, Law and Economics Paper No. 05-13
FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 124

Abstract:     
The health benefits of spas have been hypothesized for centuries. If this hypothesis is correct, spa therapy offers a low cost alternative to more expensive and potentially more invasive medical treatments for ailments such as back pain and arthritis. We use individual-level panel data to isolate the effect of spa therapy on missed work days and hospital visits in Germany. Simple correlations suggest a self-selection bias - spa visits are associated with increased absenteeism and hospitalization. However, when we exploit the longitudinal nature of the data, we find that spa therapy leads to a statistically significant reduction in both absenteeism and hospitalization, though it is not clear if these health benefits justify the cost of spa therapy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: alternative medicine, insurance, hospitalization, medical expenditures

JEL Classification: H51, I12, I18, J32, K32

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Date posted: September 11, 2004  

Suggested Citation

Klick, Jonathan and Stratmann, Thomas, Do Spa Visits Improve Health: Evidence from German Micro Data (April 2007). FSU College of Law, Law and Economics Paper No. 05-13; FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 124. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=589341 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.589341

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Jonathan Klick (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
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Erasmus School of Law ( email )
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands
PERC - Property and Environment Research Center
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Bozeman, MT 59718
United States

Thomas Stratmann
George Mason University - Buchanan Center Political Economy ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
703-993-2330 (Phone)
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics ( email )
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Suite 520N
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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