Institutional Design and Health

Keywords: health systems federalism, descentralisation, provider choice, regional inequality, vertical competition, institutional change, health care reform, health effects of democratisation


Federalism and Decentralisation in Health and Social Care” (with Greer, S). Palgrave, 2012.[+25 citations]


Working Papers

Political agency and public health care: Evidence from India,” (with Parmar, D) WIDER Working Paper Series 135, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER), 2016

Main Articles

Regional Health Care Decentralization in the Unitary States: Equal Spending, Equal Satisfaction?,” (with Turati, G) Regional Studies, in press 2017.

“’Globesity’? The Effects of Globalization on Obesity and Caloric Intake” (with Mas, N). Food Policy, 2016, 64(1): 121-132.

When does Inter-jurisdictional Competition engender a “Race to the Bottom?”A MetaRegression Analysis” (with Albuquerque, F and Doucouliagos, H). Economics & Politics, 2015, 27(3): 488-508.

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.

Public Health Expenditure and Spatial Interactions in a Decentralized National Health System”, (with J Pons) Health Economics, 2007, 16 (3): 291 – 306 [100+ citations]

Other Main Articles

The National Health Service at a ‘critical moment’: when Brexit means hectic” Journal of Social Policy, 2017, in press.

Tackling Neglect and Mental Health Care Reform in a Devolved System of Welfare Governance” (with L Salvador, J Cabases, J Alonso and D McDaid). Journal of Social Policy, 2011, 40(2): 295-312.[+ 25 citations]

Devolution, Diversity and Welfare Reform: Long-Term Care in the ‘Latin Rim’”. Social Policy and Administration, 2010, 44 (4): 481-494. [+ 5o citations]

Does Devolution lead to Regional Inequalities in Welfare Activity? Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 2010, 28(3) 435–449. [+ 25 citations]

The Impact of Decentralization and Inter-territorial Interactions on Spanish Health Expenditure,” (with F Moscone) Empirical Economics, 2008, 34 (1): 167-184. (Republished in Spatial Econometrics: Methods and Applications. Arabia, G and Baltagi, B (eds), 2009, Springer). [+ 5o citations]

Generational Effects and Gender Height Dimorphism in Contemporary Spain,” (with J Gil). Economics and Human Biology, 2008, 6 (1): 1–18. [+ 25 citations]

Vertical Competition in the Spanish National Health System (NHS)”, (with A Rico) Public Choice, 2006,128 (3-4): 477-498. [+ 50 citations]

Devolution and the Inter-regional Inequalities in Health and Health Care in Spain”, (with A Rico). Regional Studies, 2006, 40(8): 875–887. [+ 25 citations]

Path dependency and the allocation of public investment in Mexico” (with E Rodriguez) Environment and planning C: government and policy, 2006, 24 (2): 297-311.[+25 citations]

Is the impact of public investment neutral across the regional income distribution? Evidence from Mexico”, (with E Rodriguez). Economic Geography, 2005, 81(3): 305- 322. [+25 citations]

Power rather than path dependency? The dynamics of institutional change under health care federalism” (with A Rico). Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 2005, 30 (1): 231-252.[+ 50 citations]

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 [+ 50 citations]

Brief Articles

The Choice Agenda in European Health Systems: The Role of Middle-Class Demands” (with Zigante, V). Public Money and Management, 2016, 36(6): 409-416.

Institutional Change, Innovation and Regulation Failure: Evidence from the Spanish Drug Market”, (with J Puig-Junoy) Policy and Politics, 2007, 35(4): 701-718.

Books Chapters

Health system federalism and decentralization: What is it, why does it happen, and what does it do?” (with Greer, S) . In Federalism and Decentralisation in Health and Social Care” (Costa-Font, J and Greer, S, eds), Palgrave McMillan, 2012.

Territory and health: Perspectives from Economics and Political Science” (with Greer, S). In Federalism and Decentralisation in Health and Social Care” (Costa-Font, J and Greer, S, eds), Palgrave McMillan, 2012.

Decentralisation and the Spanish health system: Soft-budget-constraint modernisation?”. In Federalism and Decentralisation in Health and Social Care” (Costa-Font, J and Greer, S, eds), Palgrave McMillan, 2012

Choice in health care: drivers and consequences” (with Cooper, Z and Zigante, V). In LSE Companion to Health Policy, Elgar Edward Companion to Health Policy (Costa-Font, J and McGuire A, eds), Elgar Edward, 2012.