On-going projects

Private Provider Entry and Competition on Local Care Markets

In this project we collect new data in order to study competition on local care markets and private provider entry in urban and rural areas. 

Project manager: Lovisa Persson

About half of all municipalities in Sweden have introduced choice systems in home care for the elderly whereby private providers get compensated with an hourly based voucher. Around 20 percent of all receivers of home care for the elderly currently get their services delivered through a private provider.

However, the usage of private providers differs greatly between urban and rural municipalities. The reason is that profit maximizing providers prefer to enter into markets with large amounts of potential clients and where distances between client residencies are short.

Private provider market shares can differ depending on population density also within the municipality since many municipalities offer private providers a limited entry strategy. To be more precise, private providers are offered entry into within municipal geographical areas of their own choosing.

We still know very little about private providers’ within municipal entry decisions. The purpose of this project is to fill this knowledge gap.

The project is financed by the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation.

Time period: Autumn 2017 – autumn 2020.




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