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Privatization and quality: Evidence from elderly care in Sweden
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5026-9479
Uppsala University.
Umeå University.
Stockholm School of Economics / University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, Italy.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Health Economics, ISSN 0167-6296, E-ISSN 1879-1646, Vol. 49, 109-119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Non-contractible quality dimensions are at risk of degradation when the provision of public services is privatized. However, privatization may increase quality by fostering performance-improving innovation, particularly if combined with increased competition. We assemble a large data set on elderly care services in Sweden between 1990 and 2009 and estimate how opening to private provision affected mortality rates – an important and not easily contractible quality dimension – using a difference-in-difference-in-difference approach. The results indicate that privatization and the associated increase in competition significantly improved non-contractible quality as measured by mortality rates. © 2016

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2016. Vol. 49, 109-119 p.
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Competition, Incomplete contracts, Mortality, Outsourcing, Public procurement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30642DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2016.06.010ISI: 000384869400009PubMedID: 27394007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84977111534OAI: diva2:949509
Swedish Research Council, 2008-22664-58604-33Swedish Competition Authority, 111/2008Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-2482
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