What Determines the Individual Decision to Take Preventive Actions?

30 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2008

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João Costa

New University of Lisbon - Faculdade de Economia

Pedro P. Barros

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Date Written: March 2008

Abstract

This paper aims to empirically understand individual decisions to take health related preventive actions. The model includes not only economic factors, but also social and medical characteristics. We find a positive impact of income and schooling in the probability of doing prevention. We also conclude that women do more prevention than men, and that smokers do less prevention than non smokers. This information is relevant for the decision maker, as identifying critical factors about prevention allows for a better programming and resource allocation for specific policies. There is no evidence to sustain the theoretical prediction of ex-ante moral hazard.

Keywords: prevention, health care, ex-ante moral hazard

JEL Classification: I12

Suggested Citation

Costa, João and Pita Barros, Pedro Luis, What Determines the Individual Decision to Take Preventive Actions? (March 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1106906 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1106906

João Costa

New University of Lisbon - Faculdade de Economia ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal

Pedro Luis Pita Barros (Contact Author)

Universidade Nova de Lisboa ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal
+351 21 383 3624 (Phone)
+351 21 388 6073 (Fax)

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