Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

HERO Online Working Paper Series,
University of Oslo, Health Economics Research Programme

No 2002:16: An inquiry into the size of health charities: The case of Norwegian patient organisations

Jan Abel Olsen () and Jan Inge Eidem
Additional contact information
Jan Abel Olsen: Institute of Community Medicine, Postal: University of Tromsø, 9037 Tromsø, Norway
Jan Inge Eidem: Department of Economics, Postal: University of Tromsø, Norway

Abstract: This paper analyses the extents to which variations in revenues and memberships of health charities – or patient organisations – might be explained by characteristics of the diseases that the organisations represent. After a theoretical discussion it inquires into 45 Norwegian patient organisations. The findings suggest that prevalence, followed by death risk are the most important characteristics of the disease for explaining charity size. There were indications that the status of the disease influenced memberships. Still, the most significant variables to explain revenues are the organisation’s age and its memberships. Cross-sectional comparisons gave no indications that public revenues ‘crowd out’ private donations.

Keywords: Health charities; disease characteristics

JEL-codes: D64; D71; I19

15 pages, June 30, 2009

Full text files

HERO2002_16.pdf PDF-file 

Download statistics

Questions (including download problems) about the papers in this series should be directed to Kristi Brinkmann Lenander ()
Report other problems with accessing this service to Sune Karlsson ().

This page generated on 2020-02-16 18:57:30.