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Age-related risk of female infertility: A comparison between perceived personal and general risks


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  • Lampi, Elina

    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)


Based on a survey of a random sample of Swedish females aged 20-40 this paper investigates: (1) whether women have correct perception of the age-related risk of female infertility, (2) whether the perceptions of the personal risk and the general risk in the own age group differ from each other, and (3) which factors can explain the difference between the stated personal and general risks if there are any. The results show that women do know that the likelihood of being infertile increases with age, while they clearly overestimate the general risks for women older than 34. The results also show that mothers have a too optimistic picture of their own fertility, while non-mothers have not. Several factors that explain differences between the stated personal and general risks are discussed.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 231.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 14 Oct 2006
Date of revision: 09 Apr 2008
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0231

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Keywords: personal risk; general risk; female infertility; optimistic bias;

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