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Modeling inter-regional patient mobility: Does distance go far enough?

Anna-Theresa Renner and Dieter Pennerstorfer ()

No 2020-04, Economics working papers from Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Abstract: Gravity models are extremely popular to investigate economic interactions across space. Bilateral flows are usually available as regionally aggregated data only, while information on demand and supply is often available at a finer spatial scale. We suggest using this information to calculate a measure of spatial accessibility based on the two-step floating catchment area method to augment the gravity equation. We apply this idea to analyze patient mobility by using easily available and spatially explicit information on physicians' locations (supply) and grid-level population data (demand). Our approach improves the model’s fit and allows conducting a rich set of simulation experiments.

Keywords: gravity model; patient mobility; spatial accessibility; two-step floating catchment areas (2SFCA) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 R12 I11 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo and nep-ure
Note: English
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