My paper "Modeling Inter-Regional Patient Mobility: Theory and Evidence from Spatially Explicit Data" has been accepted for publication in the "International Economic Review".
You can access an earlier working paper version (joint work with Michael Irlacher, Dieter Pennerstorfer and Anna-Theresa Renner) here.
This paper provides theory and evidence on the spatial determinants of regional patient flows. We develop a theoretical model that explains a patient’s choice to consult a general practitioner by a measure of spatial accessibility. We empirically test this gravity-type model using regional patient flows and detailed data on the spatial distribution of residents and physicians in Austria. Our measure of spatial accessibility is a crucial determinant of patient flows that substantially increases the explanatory power of regular gravity models. Counterfactual simulations show heterogeneous effects of exiting physicians on healthcare accessibility and patient mobility.