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Are Health Care Expenditures and Personal Disposable Income Characterised by Asymmetric Behaviour? Evidence from US State-Level Data

Mulatu Zerihun (), Juncal Cunado () and Rangan Gupta ()
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Juncal Cunado: University of Navarra

Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, 2017, vol. 131, issue 2, No 5, 527-542

Abstract: Abstract This paper examines the asymmetry (steepness and deepness asymmetry) in per capita health care expenditure and disposable income series in the 50 US states over the period 1966–2009, using the nonparametric Triples test techniques, together with the parametric Fisher–Pearson skewness test. The results suggest significant evidence of asymmetric behaviour (mainly, steepness asymmetry) in many of these series, questioning, thus, the adequacy of linear models when modelling the behaviour of these two series.

Keywords: Asymmetric behaviour; Fisher–Pearson test; Triples test; Per capita real healthcare expenditure; Per capita real personal disposable income; US states (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C22 C32 H51 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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