Special Issue Paper
DISCOUNT RATES AND THE EDUCATION GRADIENT IN MAMMOGRAPHY IN THE UK
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Special Issue: European and Australasian Econometrics and Health Economics Workshop papers
Volume 22, Issue 9, pages 1021–1036, September 2013
How to Cite
Bíró, A. (2013), DISCOUNT RATES AND THE EDUCATION GRADIENT IN MAMMOGRAPHY IN THE UK. Health Econ., 22: 1021–1036. doi: 10.1002/hec.2963
- Issue published online: 12 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 14 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Received: 8 OCT 2012
- health discount rate;
- education–health gradient
I analyse intertemporal decisions on undertaking breast cancer screening by women aged 50–64 years in the UK and provide estimates of the rate of discounting potential future benefits of screening. I also analyse education differences in mammography decisions and examine the underlying mechanisms by which education influences breast cancer screening attendance. I estimate a structural model, which reveals that although there are differences in the disutility of breast cancer screening between education groups, there is no difference in the estimated discount factor. These results suggest that the observed education gradient is mainly due to differences in health behaviours and healthcare attitudes. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.