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   An Analysis of the Effects of Post-stratification on Errors for Estimates Using the 2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component
Product type:
   Methodology Report 21
MEPS component:
   Household Component
Publication date:
   March 15, 2007
   This report shows the effects of post-stratification of weights for the Household Component of the 2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, using various sets of marginal control totals on two types of variance estimates for a variety of national, regional, and state estimates. The variances estimation methods are a balanced repeated replication (BRR) method, which includes the effects of the raking on the variance, and a Taylor series method, which does not include the effects of raking. It is shown that although the estimates decrease using the BRR method when a limited set of selected controls are added to the raking process, the Taylor series estimates for the same values actually increase.
   John P. Sommers, PhD
   Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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MEPS Topics:
   Health Care Costs/Expenditures, Medical Expenditures
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