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Re-evaluating an Evaluation Study: The Case of the German Health Care Reform of 1997

  • Rainer Winkelmann

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    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

This paper reports on a re-evaluation of the German health care reform of 1997. A previous evaluation found a limited effect of a 4.4 percent reduction of the number of doctor visits in a sample of pharmacy customers. The re-evaluation based on a representative household survey, the German Socio-Economic Panel, yields a much larger effect. The paper uses this case study to discuss the methods and benefits of modern techniques of program evaluation.

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Paper provided by Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich in its series SOI - Working Papers with number 0311.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2003
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Handle: RePEc:soz:wpaper:0311
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  1. Rainer Winkelmann, 2002. "Health Care Reform and the Number of Doctor Visits – An Econometric Analysis," SOI - Working Papers 0210, Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich.
  2. Gourieroux Christian & Monfort Alain & Trognon A, 1982. "Pseudo maximum lilelihood methods : applications to poisson models," CEPREMAP Working Papers (Couverture Orange) 8203, CEPREMAP.
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