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Data Watch: Research Data in Health Economics

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  • William N. Evans
  • Helen Levy
  • Kosali I. Simon

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In this paper, we discuss some important data sets that can be used by economists interested in conducting research in health economics. We describe six types of data sets: health components of data sets traditionally used by economists; longitudinal surveys of health and economic behavior; data on employer-provided insurance; cross-sectional surveys of households that focus on health; data on health care providers; and vital statistics. We summarize some of the leading surveys, discuss the availability of the data, identify how researchers have utilized these data and when possible, include a web address that contains more detailed information about each survey.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Volume (Year): 14 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 (Fall)
Pages: 203-216

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Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:14:y:2000:i:4:p:203-216

Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.14.4.203
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