Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114133
Authors: 
Gong, Xiaodong
Gao, Jiti
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9265
Abstract: 
This paper is motivated by our attempt to answer an empirical question: how is private health insurance take-up in Australia affected by the income threshold at which the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) kicks in? We propose a new difference de-convolution kernel estimator for the location and size of regression discontinuities. We also propose a bootstrapping procedure for estimating confidence bands for the estimated discontinuity. Performance of the estimator is evaluated by Monte Carlo simulations before it is applied to estimating the effect of the income threshold of Medicare Levy Surcharge on the take-up of private health insurance in Australia using contaminated data.
Subjects: 
de-convolution kernel estimator
regression discontinuity
error-in-variables
demand for private health insurance
JEL: 
C13
C14
C29
I13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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