The Effectiveness of Health Screening

  title={The Effectiveness of Health Screening},
  author={Franz Hackl and Martin Halla and Michael Hummer and Gerald J. Pruckner},
  journal={Econometrics: Applied Econometric Modeling in Microeconomics eJournal},
  • F. Hackl, M. Halla, G. Pruckner
  • Published 1 August 2015
  • Medicine, Political Science, Economics
  • Econometrics: Applied Econometric Modeling in Microeconomics eJournal
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