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Econometric Methods in Health Services

  1. Matthew L. Maciejewski1,
  2. Paul L. Hebert2,
  3. Douglas A. Conrad1,
  4. Sean D. Sullivan1

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a4a008

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

How to Cite

Maciejewski, M. L., Hebert, P. L., Conrad, D. A. and Sullivan, S. D. 2005. Econometric Methods in Health Services. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

  2. 2

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


The purpose of this article is to provide a brief summary of prominent econometric applications in modern health economics, by providing a broad overview of problems to which econometric methods have been applied. These methods typically are used to address problems in health, health care delivery, and health care costs from a cross-section of observations at a given time. The chapter considers methods for analyzing continuous outcomes, such as cost; continuous, nonnormally distributed outcomes; simultaneous equation methods; and methods for count data, such as utilization data.


  • costs;
  • methods;
  • identification;
  • bias;
  • heteroscedasticity