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An analysis of mammography decisions with a focus on educational differences

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I analyze the decisions on undertaking breast screening by women aged 50-64 in the UK. I provide estimation results on the discounting of the potential future benefits of screening. I also analyze the education di¤erences in mammography decisions,and examine the underlying mechanism how education in‡uences breast screening attendance. The reduced form estimation results suggest that the observed education gradient is mainly due to di¤erences in health behaviors and health care attitudes.Using the institutional settings of the UK, I estimate a structural model, which reveals that although there are di¤erences in the disutility of breast screening along the education level, there is no such di¤erence in the estimated discount factor. I also …nd some evidence that women are forward looking when deciding on mammography attendance,and might even overestimate the potential bene…ts of mammography.

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  • Aniko Biro;, 2012. "An analysis of mammography decisions with a focus on educational differences," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 12/11, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
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    mammography; health discount rate; education gradient;
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    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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