A panel data study of physicians' labor supply: The case of Norway

Badi H. Baltagi, Espen Bratberg, Tor Helge Holmås

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Physicians are key personnel in a sector which is important due to its size as well as the quality of service it provides. We estimate the labor supply of physicians employed at hospitals in Norway, using personnel register data merged with other public records. A dynamic labor supply equation is estimated using a sample of 1303 male physicians observed over the period 1993-1997. The methods of estimation are GMM and system GMM. We reject the static model in favor of a dynamic model and obtain short run wage elasticities around 0.3. This is higher than previously estimated for physicians, in particular for those who are not self-employed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1035-1045
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Economics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Dynamic panel data
  • Labor supply
  • Physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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