HC – Constraints to Health and Household Behaviour

Keywords: socio- political regime change, health systems federalism, descentralisation, regional inequality, vertical competition, globalisation, health effects of democratisation, reimbursement of generic medicines, regulation of new technologies, medicines parallel trade.


The Political Economy of Health and Healthcare. The Rise of the Patient Citizen” (with Alberto Batinti and Gilberto Turati), Cambridge University Press, 2020, in press

The Political Economy of Health and Healthcare

Federalism and Decentralisation in Health and Social Care” (with Greer, S). Palgrave, 2012.


Main Articles

The Weight of Patriarchy? Gender Obesity Gaps in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)“(with Mario Gyori). Social Science & Medicine, 2020, 266, 113353

Participatory Health System Priority Setting: Evidence from a Budget Experiment” (with Rovira, J and Sato, A). Social Science and Medicine, 2015, 146: 182-190.

Price Regulation and Relative Delays in Generic Drug Adoption” (with McGuire, A and Varol, N). Journal of Health Economics, 2014, 38, 1-9.

Biases in the Health Care Luxury Good Hypothesis? A Meta-regression Analysis” (with M Gemmill-Toyama and G Rubert). Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Series A, 2011 : 174, 95–107.

The Impact of Decentralization and Inter-territorial Interactions on Spanish Health Expenditure,” (with F Moscone) Empirical Economics, 2008, 34 (1): 167-184.

Competition in off-patent drug markets: Issues, regulation and evidence” (with P Kanavos and L Sheeley). Economic Policy, 2008, 23(55):497–538

Public Health Expenditure and Spatial Interactions in a Decentralized National Health System”, (with J Pons) Health Economics, 2007, 16 (3): 291 – 306 

Vertical Competition in the Spanish National Health System (NHS)”, (with A Rico) Public Choice, 2006,128 (3-4): 477-498.

Pharmaceutical Parallel Trade in Europe: Impact on Stakeholders and Competition Effects,” (with P Kanavos). Economic Policy, 2005, 20(44): 753-798.

Diversity and regional inequalities: assessing the outcomes of the Spanish ‘system of health care services”, (with G López-Casasnovas and I Planas). Health Economics, 2005, 14(S): S221–S235.

Demand for Private Health Insurance: How Important is the Quality Gap?” (with J Garcia). Health Economics, 2003, 12(7): 587-599.

Related papers:

Do Jurisdictions Compete on Taxes? A Meta-Regression Analysis” (with C, Doucouliagos and De-Albuquerque, F). Public Choice, 2014, 161(3-4), pp 451-470.I

Is the impact of public investment neutral across the regional income distribution? Evidence from Mexico” (with E Rodriguez). Economic Geography81(3), 305-322

Political Competition and Pork-barrel Politics in the Allocation of Public Investment in Mexico”, (with D Luna-Pla and E Rodriguez). Public Choice, 2003, 116(1-2): 185- 204