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Technical efficiency, specialization and ownership form: evidences from a pooling of Italian hospitals

Daidone, Silvio and D'Amico, Francesco (2009) Technical efficiency, specialization and ownership form: evidences from a pooling of Italian hospitals. Journal of Productivity Analysis, 32 (3). pp. 203-216. ISSN 0895-562X

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Abstract

We evaluate how the productive structure and level of specialization of a hospital affect technical efficiency by analyzing a six-year panel database (2000/2005) drawn from hospital discharge records and Ministry of Health data. We adopt a distance function approach, while measuring the technical efficiency level with stochastic frontier techniques. After controlling for environmental variables and hospital case-mix, inefficiency is negatively associated with specialization and positively associated with capitalization. Capitalization is typical of private structures which, on average, use resources less efficiently with respect to public and not-for-profit hospitals. Finally, by looking at scale elasticities, we find some evidence of unexploited economies of scale, leaving room for centralization.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/0895-562x/
Additional Information: © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General > C16 - Specific Distributions
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I12 - Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L25 - Firm Performance: Size, Diversification and Scope, Age, Profit, and Sales
L - Industrial Organization > L3 - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise > L33 - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprises; Privatization; Contracting Out
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
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Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2011 13:40
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32638/

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