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People's preferences for epidemic prevention measures


  • Caroline Orset


Due to its rapid spread and the delay in the discovery of drugs or vaccines to treat it, the epidemic can cause millions of deaths worldwide. Prevention measures are therefore an explicit objective of public health policy. We develop a questionnaire that allows us to analyze people's preferences for different prevention measures classified by epidemic severity. Failure to comply with the recommended prevention measures is both dangerous to the health of the population and economically costly to society. We see that part of our panel is willing to comply voluntarily with the recommended prevention measures. We show that the revelation of peo- ple's preferences allows us to determine the individual intangible (psychological) cost for prevention measures. This cost causes the individual not to voluntarily comply with prevention measures. We then propose government interventions to reduce intangible costs and motivate the individual to implement the recommended prevention measures. However, where these incentives fail, mandatory measures are an alternative.

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  • Caroline Orset, 2017. "People's preferences for epidemic prevention measures," Working Papers 2017/01, INRA, Economie Publique.
  • Handle: RePEc:apu:wpaper:2017/01

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    1. Rheinberger, Christoph M. & Herrera-Araujo, Daniel & Hammitt, James K., 2016. "The value of disease prevention vs treatment," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 247-255.
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    Epidemic; Intangible cost; Prevention measures; Public health interventions;

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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