Is There Convergence in Government Expenditures on Health in the EU?

Paola Macanović – Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Cvite Fiskovica 5, 21000 Split, Croatia

Lena Malešević Perović – Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism, Cvite Fiskovica 5, 21000 Split, Croatia

Ključne riječi:
Državna potrošnja na

Government expenditures on health;
Convergence; EU


Sažetak: Ovaj rad empirijski procjenjuje postojanje konvergencije državne po­trošnje na zdravstvo među zemljama EU. Ekonomske integracije i ujedinjenje tr­žišta unutar Europske Unije potiču konvergenciju u dohocima, čime se nameće pitanje postojanja konvergencije i nekih drugih varijabli vezanih uz dohodak, kao što je državna potrošnja za zdravstvenu zaštitu. Stoga se u ovom radu te­stira konvergencija ove vrste troškova unutar EU, tijekom razdoblja 2005.-2019. Rezultati empirijskog testiranja ukazuju na postojanje konvergencije u izdaci­ma na zdravstvo po stanovniku, i u BDP-u, u promatranom razdoblju.

Abstract: This paper empirically assesses the existence of convergence of gov­ernment expenditures on health among EU countries. Economic integration and market unification within the European Union encourage convergence in incomes, which raises the question of the existence of convergence of some oth­er variables related to income, such as government expenditures on health. This paper, therefore, tests the (beta) convergence of this type of spending within the EU, during the period 2005-2019. The results of empirical testing confirm the ex­istence of convergence in healthcare expenditures per inhabitant, and in GDP, in the observed period

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Macanović, P., & Malešević Perović, L. (2023). Konvergira li državna potrošnja na zdravstvo u EU?. In V. Bevanda (Ed.), International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2023: Vol 7. Conference Proceedings (pp. 323-329). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans.


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