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The demand factors for cesareans in Portugal – some preliminary results

Tavares, Aida Isabel and Rocha, Tania (2012): The demand factors for cesareans in Portugal – some preliminary results.

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Abstract

The aim of this work is to determine the demand factors for cesareans in Portugal. This work is exploratory and preliminary. Data is aggregated in NUTSII , for the period 2002-10. The number of cesareans performed is count data which requires the estimation of this panel data by a negative binomial with fixed effects. The main result is the evidence that there may be induced demand for cesareans in Portugal. Further research is needed.

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