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

Jochmann, M. and Leon-Gonzalez, R. (2003) Estimating the Demand for Health Care with Panel Data: A Semiparametric Bayesian Approach. Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368


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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.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Keywords: random effects model, Dirichlet process prior, MCMC
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Economics (Sheffield) > Sheffield Economics Research Papers Series
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 12:22
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 20:02
Published Version: http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/yea...
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Identification Number: Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series 2003005
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9882

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