IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/hhs/gunwpe/0231.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

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

Author

Listed:
  • Lampi, Elina

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

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

  • 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
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/2687
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item

    Keywords

    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

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0231. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Ann-Christin Räätäri Nyström). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/naiguse.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.