The Effect of Health Care Cost Growth on the U.S. Economy. Appendix 2: Description of Variables and Data Sources

09/01/2007

Variable Unit of
measurement
Source Comments
Table A.1 describes the variables used in the empirical analysis in section 4, and the sources and construction of these variables.
State population Number Bureau of
Economic Analysis
 
Per capita
health expenditure
Thousands of
current dollars
CMS Total personal health care expenditure divided by state population
Per capita GSP Thousands of
current dollars
Bureau of
Economic Analysis
Gross state product divided by state
population
Unemployment rate Percentage Bureau of Labor
Statistics
By state
Per capita state government
health expenditure
Thousands of
current dollars
Census Bureau,
CMS
State expenditures on health and hospitals
added to state Medicaid expenditure. Total
divided by state population.
Per capita state government
all other expenditures
Thousands of
current dollars
Census Bureau State expenditure divided by state
population
Per capita state government
total expenditure
Thousands of
current dollars
Census Bureau State expenditure divided by state
population
Per capita state government
debt
Thousands of
current dollars
Census Bureau State debt at the end of fiscal year divided
by state population
Share of benefits in
total compensation in 1987
Percentage Bureau of
Economic Analysis
Benefits or supplements to wages and salaries
as a percent of total compensation to employees
Medical care price index Number Bureau of Labor
Statistics
Consumer price index (U.S. city average) for
medical care; base period: 1982-84 = 100
Share of employee contribution
to premiums
Percentage Medical Expenditure
Panel Survey
Percent of total premiums contributed by
employees enrolled in single coverage at
private-sector establishments offering insurance
Unionization (percent) Percentage Bureau of Labor
Statistics
Union members as a percent of total employed
workers
Labor productivity:
value added per worker
Thousands of
current dollars
Bureau of
Economic Analysis
Value added by an industry divided by its
total number of employees
Employment Thousands of
workers
Bureau of
Economic Analysis
By industry
Gross output Millions of
current dollars
Bureau of
Economic Analysis
By industry
Value added to GDP Millions of
current dollars
Bureau of
Economic Analysis
By industry

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