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Mapping Health and Pharmaceutical Expenditure and Their Determinants across US States

Researcher Researcher C, LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science
Discipline Health, social statistics, economics, political science, social science
Outputs Shaded area mapping of health, economic, social and demographic data from 1980 to 2003 for US states
Study area US
Geographical units US states
Time period 1980-2003
Reference datasets US Statistical Abstract; US state boundaries
Main tasks Researcher C wanted to map and investigate health and pharmaceutical expenditure and their determinants within the 50 US states for the period 1980 to 2003. Most of her data came from the US Statistical Abstract. US state and state equivalent area boundaries are available for download free of charge from the US Census Bureau website. Researcher C was able to download boundaries for 1990 and 2000 in ArcView shapefile format. She then imported these, together with her attribute data, into ArcGIS which was the GIS/mapping software available at her university. State codes were used to link the attribute data to the corresponding area boundaries. The GIS software offers many options for controlling the shading and appearance of the various maps.
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