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On the codetermination of tax-financed medical R&D and healthcare expenditures: Models and evidence

Alberto Batinti and Roger Congleton ()

European Journal of Political Economy, 2018, vol. 54, issue C, 175-188

Abstract: This paper develops a model of voter choices regarding tax-financed healthcare R&D and healthcare, and provides statistical evidence that is consistent with the theoretical analysis. Healthcare expenditures and the level of healthcare technology are not entirely independent phenomena, as often assumed in theoretical and empirical work. Voter interests imply that electoral support for subsidizing healthcare R&D is likely to exist in both private and public healthcare systems. These subsidies in turn tend to increase the rate of innovation and thereby long-run demand for and cost of healthcare through effects on the effectiveness and menu of available healthcare treatments.

Keywords: Welfare state; Public healthcare systems; R&D; Medical insurance; Median voter; Innovations in healthcare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 H53 H55 O33 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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