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Essen Health Economics Seminar @ RWI Essen


On Monday, April 29 2019, 14:00 - 15:30, Thomas Mayrhofer (Hochschule Stralsund) will present:

Prudence and Prevention: An Empirical Investigation

Theoretical papers show that optimal prevention decisions (in the sense of self-protection) depend not only on the level of (second-order) risk aversion but also on higher-order risk preferences such as prudence (third-order risk aversion). We study empirically whether these theoretical results hold and prudent individuals show less preventive effort (in the sense of self-protection) than non-prudent individuals. We use a unique dataset that combines data on (higher-order) risk preference and various measures regarding prevention, such as the use of flu vaccination (prevention in the sense of self-protection) and mammograms (prevention in the sense of self-insurance). We find that for high risk individuals such as individuals >60 years of age, prudence has a significant negative impact on the likelihood of undergoing flu vaccination. We find no such effects for screening methods such as mammographs, i.e. prevention in the sense of self-insurance.

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

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