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Winkelmann, Rainer (2003). How Did the German Health Care Reform of 1997 Change the Distribution of the Demand for Health Services? Working paper series / Socioeconomic Institute No. 314, University of Zurich.
I consider the problem of evaluating the effect of a health care reform on the demand for doctor visits when the effect is potentially different in different parts of the outcome distribution. Quantile regression is a useful technique for studying such heterogeneous treatment effects. Recent progree has been made to extend such methods to applications with a count dependent variable. An analysis of a 1997 health care reform in Germany shows the benefit of the approach: lower quantiles, such as the 25 percent quantile, fell by substantially larger amounts than what would have been predicted based on Poisson or negative binomial models.
|Item Type:||Working Paper|
|Communities & Collections:||03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics|
Working Paper Series > Socioeconomic Institute (former)
|JEL Classification:||I11, I18, C25|
|Deposited On:||29 Nov 2011 23:32|
|Last Modified:||09 Jul 2012 07:03|
|Series Name:||Working paper series / Socioeconomic Institute|
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