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


  • 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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  • Lampi, Elina, 2006. "Age-related risk of female infertility: A comparison between perceived personal and general risks," Working Papers in Economics 231, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics, revised 09 Apr 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0231

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

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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