Who Has a Clue to Preventing the Flu? Unravelling Supply and Demand Effects on the Take-Up of Influenza Vaccinations

46 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2009

Date Written: January 1, 2008

Abstract

Influenza is a serious disease, especially for older people, and incomplete vaccination take-up poses a major public health challenge. On both the side of physicians and patients, there could be promising channels for increasing immunization rates, but no attempt has yet been made to empirically unravel their respective influences. Using exclusion restrictions implied by an economic model of physician-patient interactions, our study quantifies the particular effects of supply and demand on influenza immunization. On the supply side, our estimates highlight the importance of physician agency and physician quality, while a patient’s education and health behaviors are key demand side factors.

Keywords: Influenza Vaccinations, Supply and Demand, Semiparametric Methods

Suggested Citation

Maurer, Jürgen, Who Has a Clue to Preventing the Flu? Unravelling Supply and Demand Effects on the Take-Up of Influenza Vaccinations (January 1, 2008). MEA Discussion Paper No. 170-08, Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1444408 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1444408

Jürgen Maurer (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim

Universitaetsbibliothek Mannheim
Zeitschriftenabteilung
Mannheim, 68131
Germany

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