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Subnational Health Spending and Soft Budget Constraints in OECD Countries, Ernesto Crivelli, Adam Leive, Thomas Stratmann

Government spending on health has grown as a percent of GDP over the last 40 years in industrialized countries. Widespread decentralization of healthcare systems has often accompanied this increase in spending. In this paper, we explore the effect of soft budget constraints on subnational health spending in a sample of OECD countries. We find countries where subnational governments rely primarily on central government financing and enjoy large borrowing autonomy have higher healthcare spending than those with more restrictions on subnational government borrowing
Table Of Contents
Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; I. Introduction; 1. Annual Growth Rate of Real Public Health Spending per Capita,; II. Soft budget constraints; A. Theory; B. Determinants of Soft Budget Constraints; C. Bailout Expectations and Externalities; III. Data; 2. Local and State Health Spending as a Percentage of Total Health Spending (2006); 3. Local and State Health Spending as a Percentage of Public Health Spending (2006); 4. Change in Transfers from Central Government to Subnational Government as a Percentage of Total Subnational Revenues, 1995-2007
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non fiction
"June 2010"
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1 online resource (44 p.)
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