Differing Types of Medical Prevention Appeal to Different Individuals

44 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2013

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Nicolas Bouckaert

KU Leuven - Department of Economics

Erik Schokkaert

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL)

Date Written: May 30, 2013

Abstract

We analyze participation in medical prevention with an expected utility model that is sufficiently rich to capture diverging features of different prevention procedures. We distinguish primary and secondary prevention, (with one or two rounds), for both fatal or non-fatal diseases. Moreover, we introduce a ‡flexible relationship between the specific disease for which the prevention procedure is set up and the general background health of the individual. We show how these various possibilities change the comparative statics of the prevention decision; and we test the differential predictions with data from SHARE (Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe) about participation in mammography, dental caries screening, and ‡flu vaccination.

Keywords: screening, vaccination, expected utility, behavioral economics

JEL Classification: D81, I12

Suggested Citation

Bouckaert, Nicolas and Schokkaert, Erik, Differing Types of Medical Prevention Appeal to Different Individuals (May 30, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2280320 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2280320

Nicolas Bouckaert

KU Leuven - Department of Economics ( email )

Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Erik Schokkaert (Contact Author)

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

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