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Decision to get influenza vaccination: A behavioral economic approach

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  • Yoshiro Tsutsui


    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

  • Uri Benzionb


    (Department of Economics, Ben Gurion University)

  • Shosh Shahrabanic


    (Economics and Management Department, Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel)

  • Gregory Yom Din


    (Golan Research Institute, University of Haifa,Ohalo College)

The aims of this study were to identify predictors regarding people fs willingness to be vaccinated against influenza and to determine how to improve the inoculation rate using our original large-scale survey in the USA in 2005. The main results are (a) a model of bounded rationality explains vaccination behavior fairly well, i.e., people evaluate the costs and benefits of vaccination by applying risk aversion and time preference, while the estatus quo bias f of those who received vaccinations in the past affect their decision to be vaccinated in the future, (b) it is recommended to increase people fs knowledge regarding flu vaccination, but not regarding influenza illness, (c) reducing the vaccination fee may be ineffective in raising the rate of vaccination.

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Paper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 09-17.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:0917
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  1. Shosh Shahrabani & Uri Benzion & Gregory Yom Din, 2009. "Factors affecting nurses’ decision to get the flu vaccine," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 10(2), pages 227-231, May.
  2. Samuelson, William & Zeckhauser, Richard, 1988. "Status Quo Bias in Decision Making," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 7-59, March.
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