The aim of the special issue is to bring together papers about the effects of utilising assisting technologies in the allocation and distribution of scarce resources particularly in conjunction with nursing and medical care for the elderly. The issue will focus on microeconomic effects for private households – the impact on expenditure structure and, for example, the division of time. A second area of considerable interest will be potential macroeconomic effects, taking into account the social security institutions, especially statutory health and long-term care insurance. Positive macroeconomic effects are particularly expected from the emergence and development of new markets especially the markets for healthcare and nursing with high growth potential.
The issue aims at providing a thorough analysis of economic impacts related to the rise of assisting technologies and ambient assisted living systems in healthcare. We encourage submissions of theoretical and empirical papers on both micro- and macroeconomic effects.
Topics include but are not limited to the following, as long as they touch on assisting technologies, ambient assisted living and economy:
* Fundamental/general economic effects of assisting technologies and ambient assisted living
* Microeconomic effects
- Impact of assisting technologies on older persons and private households
- Provider of assisting technologies and services
- Utilization of assisting technologies by providers
- Establishment of assisting technologies in markets
- Change of existing markets
- Development of new markets i.e. in the field of prevention, nursing and medical care and rehabilitation
- Development of the first and second healthcare markets
- Economic of healthy ageing (productivity, honorary work etc.)
Deadline for submission: 30 December, 2010