Estimating the demand for health care with panel data: a semiparametric Bayesian approach
This paper is concerned with the problem of estimating the demand for health care with panel data. A random effects model is specified within a semiparametric Bayesian approach using a Dirichlet process prior. This results in a very flexible distribution for both the random effects and the count variable. In particular, the model can be seen as a mixture distribution with a random number of components, and is therefore a natural extension of prevailing latent class models. A full Bayesian analysis using Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation methods is proposed. The methodology is illustrated with an application using data from Germany. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume (Year): 13 (2004)
Issue (Month): 10 ()
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