An analysis of mammography decisions with a focus on educational differences

Aniko Biro

Research output: Working paper


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 differences in mammography decisions, and examine the underlying mechanism how education in‡fluences breast screening attendance. The reduced form estimation results suggest that the observed education gradient is mainly due to differences 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 differences in the disutility of breast screening along the education level, there is no such difference in the estimated discount factor. I also …find some
evidence that women are forward looking when deciding on mammography attendance, and might even overestimate the potential benefi…ts of mammography.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameHealth, Econometrics and Data Group
PublisherThe University of York

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