What You Ask is What You Get: Willingness-to-Pay for a QALY in Germany

34 Pages Posted: 22 May 2013

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Marlies Ahlert

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

Friedrich Breyer

University of Konstanz - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Lars Schwettmann

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

Date Written: May 21, 2013

Abstract

We report results of a survey of a representative sample of the German population in which respondents were asked in various scenarios for their willingness-to-pay (WTP) for a gain of one quality-adjusted life year. While one version of the survey exactly copied the setting (online survey) and the questionnaire used in the EuroVaQ project, in the second version the hypothetical nature of the questions was emphasized more strongly, and the survey was conducted as a computer-assisted personal interview. The results show that the average and median WTP responses differed between scenarios but, overall, became considerably larger in the second version.

Keywords: willingness to pay, QALY, survey, Germany, EuroVaQ

JEL Classification: I180

Suggested Citation

Ahlert, Marlies and Breyer, Friedrich and Schwettmann, Lars, What You Ask is What You Get: Willingness-to-Pay for a QALY in Germany (May 21, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4239. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2267732

Marlies Ahlert

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg ( email )

Grosse Steinstr. 73
Grosse Steinstr. 73
Halle, Sachsen-Anhalt 06108
Germany

Friedrich Breyer

University of Konstanz - Department of Economics ( email )

Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften Fach D-135
D-78457 Konstanz
Germany
+49 (0)75 31/88-25 68 (Phone)
+49 (0)75 31/88-41 35 (Fax)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Lars Schwettmann (Contact Author)

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg ( email )

Grosse Steinstr. 73
Grosse Steinstr. 73
Halle, Sachsen-Anhalt 06108
Germany

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