Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 13-2013
This study considers market entry determinants for both for-profit and non-profit at-home long-term care providers in Japan. It examines market structure incentives and barriers to entry using a panel dataset of 48 Japanese municipalities for the 2003-2011 period. Estimation results show that for-profits and non-profits face different determinants of entry. Potential for-profit entrants are sensitive to profit considerations and therefore adapt to the market structure and clear barriers to entry. However, potential non-profits with preferential tax treatment and the constraint of non-distribution of profits enter disadvantaged municipalities. Both profits and non-profits have become integrated in Japanese at-home care markets.
Entry For-profit Non-profit Long-term at-home care SUR