THE EFFECT OF DENTAL INSURANCE ON THE USE OF DENTAL CARE FOR OLDER ADULTS: A PARTIAL IDENTIFICATION ANALYSIS
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
How to Cite
Kreider, B., Manski, R. J., Moeller, J. and Pepper, J. (2014), THE EFFECT OF DENTAL INSURANCE ON THE USE OF DENTAL CARE FOR OLDER ADULTS: A PARTIAL IDENTIFICATION ANALYSIS. Health Econ.. doi: 10.1002/hec.3064
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 APR 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 11 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Received: 28 FEB 2013
- National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. Grant Number: R01DE021678
- dental insurance;
- dental care;
- treatment effect;
- classification errors;
- partial identification
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—and 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 years would increase from 75% to around 80% under universal dental coverage. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.