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Estimating the Demand for Health Care with Panel Data: A Semiparametric Bayesian Approach

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  • Markus Jochmann
  • Roberto Leon-Gonzalez

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

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This paper is concerned with the problem of estimating the demand for health care with panel data. A random effects model is specifed in a semiparametric Bayesian fashion using a Dirichlet process prior. This results in a very exible mixture distribution with an in nite number of components for the random effects. Therefore, the model can be seen as a natural extension of prevailing latent class models. A full Bayesian analysis using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC)simulation methods is discussed. The methodology is illustrated with an application using data from Germany.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2003005.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2003
Date of revision: Oct 2003
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2003005

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Keywords: random efects model; Dirichlet process prior; MCMC;

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  1. Jing Dai & Stefan Sperlich & Walter Zucchini, 2011. "Estimating and predicting the distribution of the number of visits to the medical doctor," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201148, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
  2. Markus Jochmann, 2009. "What Belongs Where? Variable Selection for Zero-Inflated Count Models with an Application to the Demand for Health Care," Working Paper Series 45_09, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, revised Jan 2009.
  3. Burda, Martin & Harding, Matthew & Hausman, Jerry, 2008. "A Bayesian mixed logit-probit model for multinomial choice," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 147(2), pages 232-246, December.
  4. Zheng, Xiaoyong, 2008. "Semiparametric Bayesian estimation of mixed count regression models," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 100(3), pages 435-438, September.
  5. Thomas Brenner & Claudia Werker, 2007. "A Taxonomy of Inference in Simulation Models," Computational Economics, Society for Computational Economics, vol. 30(3), pages 227-244, October.
  6. Davis, Alison F. & Moeltner, Klaus, 2010. "Valuing the Prevention of an Infestation: The Threat of the New Zealand Mud Snail in Northern Nevada," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 39(1), February.
  7. Burda, Martin & Harding, Matthew & Hausman, Jerry, 2012. "A Poisson mixture model of discrete choice," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 166(2), pages 184-203.

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