Acta Universitatis Danubius. Œconomica, Vol 11, No 4 (2015)

Determinants of health spending efficiency: a Tobit Panel Data Approach Based on DEA Efficiency Scores

Douanla Tayo Lionel


This study aims at identifying the determinants of health expenditure efficiency over the period 2005-2011 using a Tobit Panel Data Approach Based on DEA Efficiency Scores. The study was made on 150 countries, where we had 45 high income countries, 40 upper middle income countries, 36 lower middle income countries and 29 low income countries. The estimated results show that Carbon dioxide emission, gross domestic product per capita, improvement in corruption, the age composition of the population, population density and government effectiveness are significant determinants of health expenditure efficiency. Thus, low income countries should promote green growth and all the income groups should intensively fight against poverty. 


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