An analysis of mammography decisions with a focus on educational differences
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 diÂ¤erences in mammography decisions,and examine the underlying mechanism how education inÂ‡uences breast screening attendance. The reduced form estimation results suggest that the observed education gradient is mainly due to diÂ¤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 diÂ¤erences in the disutility of breast screening along the education level, there is no such diÂ¤erence in the estimated discount factor. I also Â…nd some evidence that women are forward looking when deciding on mammography attendance,and might even overestimate the potential beneÂ…ts of mammography.
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