Measuring Social and Externality Benefits of in Influenza Vaccination

84 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2019

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Corey White

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Abstract

Vaccination represents a canonical example of externalities in economics, yet there are few estimates of their magnitudes. I estimate social and externality benefits of influenza vaccination in two settings. First, using a natural experiment, I estimate the impacts of aggregate vaccination rates on mortality and work absences in the United States. Second, I examine a setting with large potential externality benefits: vaccination mandates for health care workers. I find that the social benefits of vaccination are substantial, most of benefits operate through an externality, and that the benefits of health care worker vaccination are particularly large.

Keywords: vaccine, vaccination, influenza, flu, externality, health

JEL Classification: I12, I18, D62, H23

Suggested Citation

White, Corey, Measuring Social and Externality Benefits of in Influenza Vaccination. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12525, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3445792

Corey White (Contact Author)

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo ( email )

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
United States

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