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The Impact of Public Health Spending on California STD Rates

Craig Arthur Gallet ()
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Craig Arthur Gallet: California State University Sacramento

International Advances in Economic Research, 2017, vol. 23, issue 2, 149-159

Abstract: Abstract This study assesses the impact of county-level public health spending on rates of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in California. Across a variety of empirical specifications, increases in own-county public health spending reduce rates of gonorrhea and syphilis. Indeed, a $1 increase in per capita public health spending reduces the gonorrhea (syphilis) rate by approximately 0.30 (0.60) percent. Spillover effects are also associated with public health spending, as increases in border-county spending reduce STD rates. To varying degrees of significance, county STD rates are also sensitive to lagged STD rates, county racial composition, whether or not a public university is located within the county, and a yearly time trend.

Keywords: County public health spending; STD rates; California (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H75 I12 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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