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Individual time preferences for own health: an application of a dichotomous choice question with follow-up

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  • Marjon Vanr De Pol
  • John Cairns

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This paper explores the use of the dichotomous choice question with follow-up to examine intertemporal preferences for non-fatal changes in own health. Maximum likelihood estimation by censored logistic regression is used to analyse the data collected from the general public. The results show that the average estimated implied discount rate is equal to 0.073 for the full sample and 0.106 for respondents who have positive implied discount rates in the open-ended questions which were also contained in the questionnaire. The implied discount rates vary from 0.024 to 0.166 depending onthe age of the respondent andthe periodof delay offered(5 or 13 years).

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  • Marjon Vanr De Pol & John Cairns, 1999. "Individual time preferences for own health: an application of a dichotomous choice question with follow-up," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 6(10), pages 649-654.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:6:y:1999:i:10:p:649-654
    DOI: 10.1080/135048599352439
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    4. Shane Frederick & George Loewenstein & Ted O'Donoghue, 2002. "Time Discounting and Time Preference: A Critical Review," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 40(2), pages 351-401, June.
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    6. K. R. Shanmugam, 2011. "Discount Rate for Health Benefits and the Value of Life in India," Working Papers id:4524, eSocialSciences.

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