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Health Prevention and Savings: How to Deal with Fatalism?


  • Johanna Etner
  • Meglena Jeleva


In this paper, we first analyze the trade-off between primary prevention and savings when individuals face health (long-term care) risk. We suppose that there is no private insurance market for this risk and consider two risk management tools: primary prevention and savings. We emphasize the role of risk perception and, more precisely, we focus our discussion on the existence of a type of individuals that we call fatalists. Secondly, we analyze the role of risk perception on long-term care public policy. We propose to combine subsidies for prevention with a social insurance co-payment for long-term care expenditures. We show that the presence of fatalists is crucial in the optimal policy design.

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  • Johanna Etner & Meglena Jeleva, 2016. "Health Prevention and Savings: How to Deal with Fatalism?," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 121-122, pages 67-90.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2016:i:121-122:p:67-90
    DOI: 10.15609/annaeconstat2009.121-122.67

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    1. Éric Langlais, 2010. "Les criminels aiment-ils le risque ?," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 61(2), pages 263-280.

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    Health Risk; Primary Prevention; Long Term Care; Savings.;
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    JEL classification:

    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health


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