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The Influence of (Im)perfect Data Privacy on the Acquisition of Personal Health Data

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  • Simeon Schudy

    () (Thurgau Institute of Economics at the University of Konstanz, Department of Economics, Germany)

  • Verena Utikal

    () (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Economics, Germany)

Abstract

We investigate the consequences of imperfect data privacy on information acquisition of personal health data. In a game of persuasion with ex-ante symmetric information players decide on whether or not to acquire and reveal information about their personal health status to convince a decision maker to interact. We contrast three institutional settings: automatic dissemination of acquired information, perfect data privacy and imperfect data privacy. Assuming that the ex-ante expected payoff of an interaction with an unknown type for the decision maker is positive, equilibria with complete information acquisition and complete information revelation exist only under perfect and imperfect data privacy. Equilibria without any information acquisition exist under all institutional settings. We test our predictions in a laboratory experiment. Automatic dissemination leads to incomplete information acquisition. Both imperfect and perfect data privacy yield almost complete information acquisition and thus imperfect data privacy does not reduce the amount of acquired information.

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  • Simeon Schudy & Verena Utikal, 2012. "The Influence of (Im)perfect Data Privacy on the Acquisition of Personal Health Data," Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz 2012-12, Department of Economics, University of Konstanz.
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    1. Benndorf, Volker & Kübler, Dorothea & Normann, Hans-Theo, 2015. "Privacy concerns, voluntary disclosure of information, and unraveling: An experiment," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 75(C), pages 43-59.

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    Keywords

    data privacy; endogenous information acquisition; health; experiment; unraveling;

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    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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