The Effect of Dental Insurance on the Use of Dental Care for Older Adults: A Partial Identification Analysis

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2015-07-01
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Kreider, Brent
Moeller, John
Kreider, Brent
Manski, Richard
Pepper, John
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We evaluate the impact of dental insurance on the use of dental services using a potential outcomes identification framework designed to handle uncertainty created by unknown counterfactuals – that is, the endogenous selection problem – as well as uncertainty about the reliability of self-reported insurance status. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, we estimate that utilization rates of adults older than 50 would increase from 75% to around 80% under universal dental coverage.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kreider, Brent, Richard J. Manski, John Moeller, and John Pepper. "The effect of dental insurance on the use of dental care for older adults: a partial identification analysis." Health economics 24, no. 7 (2015): 840-858, which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1002/hec.3064. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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