Models for Durations: A Guide to Empirical Applications in Health Economics

M. Lindeboom*, B. van der Klaauw

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This article provides an introduction to the application of duration models in applied health economics. It starts by presenting nonparametric methods for a descriptive analysis of micro-data. Next, more parametric models are presented that study the importance of both observed and unobserved determinants. Finally, the article discusses some extensions, such as multiple spells, competing risks, and dynamic treatment evaluation. Throughout the article, STATA commands for applying empirical analyses have been provided when possible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Health Economics
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780123756787
ISBN (Print)9780123756794
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Cox
  • Duration
  • Exit rate
  • Hazard rate
  • Kaplan-Meier
  • Mixed proportional hazard
  • Nonparametric
  • Parametric
  • Semi-parametric
  • State dependence
  • Survivor function
  • Time-varying covariate
  • Unobserved heterogeneity

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