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Università della Svizzera italiana

Small area variations and welfare loss in the use of outpatient antibiotics

Filippini, M ; Masiero, G. ; Moschetti, K.

In: Health Economics, Policy and Law, 2009, vol. 4, no. 1, p. 55-77

Objective: This paper seeks to explain local variations in the use of antibiotics in the community and to assess the welfare loss due to heterogeneous attitudes towards the risk of bacterial resistance. Method: Quarterly data on antibiotic sales from 240 small areas in Switzerland over the course of one year are used. An econometric ad-hoc model with spatial lags is proposed in which the demand...