App Stats: Hatfield on "Statistical properties and health policy applications of microsimulation"

We hope you can join us this Wednesday, February 6, 2013 for the Applied Statistics Workshop. Laura Hatfield, an Assistant Professor from the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, will give a presentation entitled "Statistical properties and health policy applications of microsimulation". A light lunch will be served at 12 pm and the talk will begin at 12.15.

"Statistical properties and health policy applications of microsimulation"
Laura Hatfield
Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
CGIS K354 (1737 Cambridge St.)
Wednesday, September 6th, 2013 12.00 pm


When forecasting the impact of novel policy interventions, simulations are standard. If the behavior of the entire system is complex and not well identified by existing data, simulations that focus on the behavior of smaller units, such as individuals, may be preferred. So-called microsimulation models can incorporate complications such as clustering, nonlinearity, non-standard distributions, and time-dependence. This talk will present an overview of microsimulation techniques, with a focus on statistical features and dynamic (vs static) simulation, especially in health policy settings. I will also describe the current development of a model of health insurance coverage and health care spending of Medicare beneficiaries.

Posted by Konstantin Kashin at February 4, 2013 1:42 AM