Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

SSE Working Paper Series in Economic History,
Stockholm School of Economics

No 2016:2: Care, Commons and Entrepreneurship

Tino Sanandaji () and Erik Lakomaa ()
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Tino Sanandaji: Institute for Economic and Business History Research, Postal: P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden
Erik Lakomaa: Stockholm School of Economics & Institute for Economic and Business History Research, Postal: P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: Health care costs has increased significantly during the last decades, and despite rapid development in medical practices, little has been achieved compared to other sectors when it comes to cost cutting innovations. The entrepreneurship that flourish in retail, technology and logistics seems to be virtually absent from the care sector. In this pa-per we explore the state of research on health economics, collaborative (“open source”) development and on entrepreneurship and it applications to the care sector. We show that both the concept of evasive entrepreneurship and the Ostromian “commons” are useful tools when looking for solutions to mitigate escalating cost in this sector.

Keywords: Care; Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Institutions; Regulation

JEL-codes: L26; L31; L38; P48

27 pages, June 20, 2016

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