Economic Incentives and Hospitalization in Germany

Posted: 17 Oct 2000

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Andreas Million

University of Munich

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

Ralph Rotte

RWTH Aachen University - Institute for Political Science; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Peter Geil

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - Seminar for Labour and Population Economics (SELAPO)

Date Written: November 1996

Abstract

The determinants of the dramatically rising expenditures on health care in general, and on hospital care in particular, have been of prior concern to policy and to research. Using a rich panel data set this paper contributes to this literature by investigating factors determining the demand for hospitalization in Germany. While most previous studies have found a significant impact of social insurance on the demand for hospital trips, the empirical results presented here cast doubts on the propelling role of those economic incentives in the German case. There are also important differences in the hospitalization behaviour of men and women and between the full sample and those who are chronically ill, which have been neglected by the literature. The analysis relies on various count data models including Poisson, NEGBIN, ZIP (\), hurdle Poisson and NEGBIN panel models, and the findings are rather robust.

JEL Classification: C23, C25, F22, I11, I18, I21

Suggested Citation

Million, Andreas and Zimmermann, Klaus F. and Rotte, Ralph and Geil, Peter, Economic Incentives and Hospitalization in Germany (November 1996). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=5190

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