This paper investigates the nexus between health care households’ expenditure and GSP for Italian regions during 1980-2009, using time series and panel econometric techniques. After a brief introduction and a survey of the economic literature on this issue, we discuss the data and briefly introduce t h e methodologies. Empirical results show the presence of a long-run relationship in fifteen regions. As regards the causality analysis, health-led growth hypothesis is supported in three regions, while the reverse causation appears in five cases. The neutrality hypothesis seems to be confirmed in ten regions. Finally, a bi-directional causality flow (feedback hypothesis) has been found for two regions. Panel analysis shows that, if our sample is divided into three more homogeneous macro-regions (North, Centre and South), a long-run relationship between health expenditure and aggregate income has been found in two areas. Furthermore, the income elasticity is below the unity, implying that health expenditure is not a luxury good.

Magazzino, C. (2011). GSP and Health Expenditure in Italian Regions. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT, 6(12), 28-35 [10.5539/ijbm.v6n12p28].

GSP and Health Expenditure in Italian Regions

MAGAZZINO, COSIMO
2011

Abstract

This paper investigates the nexus between health care households’ expenditure and GSP for Italian regions during 1980-2009, using time series and panel econometric techniques. After a brief introduction and a survey of the economic literature on this issue, we discuss the data and briefly introduce t h e methodologies. Empirical results show the presence of a long-run relationship in fifteen regions. As regards the causality analysis, health-led growth hypothesis is supported in three regions, while the reverse causation appears in five cases. The neutrality hypothesis seems to be confirmed in ten regions. Finally, a bi-directional causality flow (feedback hypothesis) has been found for two regions. Panel analysis shows that, if our sample is divided into three more homogeneous macro-regions (North, Centre and South), a long-run relationship between health expenditure and aggregate income has been found in two areas. Furthermore, the income elasticity is below the unity, implying that health expenditure is not a luxury good.
Magazzino, C. (2011). GSP and Health Expenditure in Italian Regions. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT, 6(12), 28-35 [10.5539/ijbm.v6n12p28].
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