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Essen Health Economics Seminar @ CINCH Essen


On Friday, July 5 2019, 14:00 - 15:30, Amitabh Chandra (Harvard University) will present a research project entitled:


Market Forces in Health Care


Room: WST-C.02.12, Weststadttürme Berliner Platz 6-8, Essen

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Essen Health Economics Seminar @ CINCH Essen


On Monday, July 1 2019, 14:00 - 15:30, Nicolas Ziebarth (Cornell University) will present:

Biased Health Perceptions and Risky Health Behaviors - Theory and Evidence

This paper investigates biased health perceptions as a potential driving force of risky health behavior. We define absolute and relative health perception biases and illustrate their measurement in surveys. Next, we theoretically show that risky behavior increases in health perception biases when such biases induce people to underestimate the marginal costs of risky behavior. Using evidence from three different surveys, we provide robust empirical evidence that respondents who overestimate their health are less likely to exercise; they are more likely to eat unhealthy and to have higher BMIs. Moreover, they sleep fewer hours and drink alcohol more often.

Room: WST-A.02.04, Weststadttürme Berliner Platz 6-8, Essen

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Essen Health Economics Seminar @ RWI Essen


On Monday, June 17 2019, 14:00 - 15:30, Anne-Laure Samson (Université de Lille) will present:

Parental Attitudes and Beliefs about Vaccines: Unexpected Effects of a Vaccination Campaign against Hepatitis B in France

We evaluate the impact of a French vaccination campaign against hepatitis B (HB) that took place in 1994. Using a regression discontinuity design, we show that this political measure created an exogenous shock on vaccination behaviors, increasing the vaccination rate against HB for children aged 11 and above. We also show that this vaccination scheme led to a decline in knowledge about the mode of transmission of the disease, confusion about the target population and, more importantly, a drop in measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination rate. The effect on MMR vaccination was relatively unexpected and may imply a negative externality. Indeed, measles is an extremely contagious disease. If the vaccination rate falls, the disease will spread further, raising the question of the net effect of the HB vaccination campaign on the population well-being.

Room: E-Werk, RWI Essen, Hohenzollernstrasse 1-3, 45128 Essen

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