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Organizational Failure and Government Transfers: Evidence From an Experiment in the Financing of Mental Health Care

Richard G. Frank, Martin Gaynor

NBER Working Paper No. 3923 (Also Reprint No. r1865)
Issued in December 1991
NBER Program(s):   HE

This paper makes use of a unique "natural experiment" in the design of intergovernmental grants. The State of Ohio has dramatically altered the method by which local public mental health care is financed. The manner in which the grant mechanism has been altered allows for the estimation of income compensated subsidy responses of local governmental entities. The empirical results indicate strong responses to the "new" incentives suggesting a direction for policy makers for dealing with some of the most vexing problems in mental health policy.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w3923

Published: "Organization Failure and Government Transfers: Evidence From an Experiment in the Financing of Mental Health Care,"Journal of Human Resources, vol.2 9, no.1, pp.108-125, winter 1994.

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