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Dental Insurance and Dental Care: the Role of Insurance and Income


  • Murat K. Munkin
  • Pravin K. Trivedi


This paper analyzes the effect of dental insurance on utilization of general dentist services by adult US population aged from 25 to 64 years. Our econometric framework accommdates endogeneity of insurance and the ordered nature of the measure of dental utilization. The study finds strong evidence of endogeneity of dental insurance to utilization and identifies interesting patterns of nonlinear dependencies between the dental insurance status and individual’s age and income. The calculated average treatment effect supports the claim of adverse selection into the treated (insured) state and indicates a strong positive incentives effect of dental insurance.

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  • Murat K. Munkin & Pravin K. Trivedi, 2007. "Dental Insurance and Dental Care: the Role of Insurance and Income," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 07/16, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
  • Handle: RePEc:yor:hectdg:07/16

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    1. Mazzanti, Giovanni Maria & Fiorentini, Gianluca, 2012. "Proposte per una revisione del finanziamento e dell’offerta dei servizi odontoiatrici in Italia. L’intervento pubblico e i fondi integrativi," AICCON Working Papers 100-2012, Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit.

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