BI evaluation presented at an international conference


Péter Elek presents a paper at the 23. European Econometrics – Health Economics Workshop in Munich. The study, co-authored with Balázs Váradi and Márton Varga is based on a programme evaluation of the Budapest Instute for the Hungarian National Development Agency.

The paper is based on the fact that between 2008 and 2012 new outpatient service locations were established in 20 Hungarian sub-regions, which  had lacked outpatient capacities before. It exploits this quasi-experiment to estimate the effect of geographical accessibility on outpatient case numbers using both semi-aggregate and individual-level panel data from administrative sources. Based on propensity score matching methods, fixed-effect linear models and fixed-effect Poisson regression techniques, a substantial, 24-28 per cent increase of case numbers is found.