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Dollars and Performance: Cost Effectiveness of Substance Abuse Treatment in Maine

Matilde Machado ()

Working Papers from Boston University - Industry Studies Programme

Abstract: If public funds are allocated efficiently , then an increase in expenditure should improve the performance of substance abuse treatment programs. However, the unconditional correlation between performance and expenditures per patient is non-positive in the data sets used in this paper. One explanation for this seemingly surprising result is that programs that treat more difficult patients receive more resources per patient. This paper addresses this potential endogeneity both theoretically and empirically.

Keywords: COSTS; HEALTH SERVICES (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1998
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