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dc.contributor.authorAnderberg, Danen_US
dc.contributor.authorChevalier, Arnauden_US
dc.contributor.authorWadsworth, Jonathanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-02en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:30:42Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:30:42Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-20080711157en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/34923-
dc.description.abstractOne theory for why there is a strong education gradient in health outcomes is that more educated individuals more quickly absorb new information about health technology. The MMR controversy in the UK provides a case where, for a brief period of time, some highly publicized research suggested that a particular multi-component vaccine, freely provided to young children, could have potentially serious side-effects. As the controversy set in, uptake of the MMR vaccine by more educated parents decreased significantly faster than that by less educated parents, turning a significant positive education gradient into a negative one. The fact that the initial information was subsequently overturned and the decline in uptake ceased suggests that our results are not driven by other unrelated trends. Somewhat puzzling, more educated parents also reduced their uptake of other non-controversial childhood vaccines. As an alternative to the MMR, parents may purchase single vaccines privately; the MMR is the only vaccine for which we observe a strong effect of income on uptake.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 3590en_US
dc.subject.jelH31en_US
dc.subject.ddc610en_US
dc.subject.keywordChildhood vaccinationsen_US
dc.subject.keywordhealth outcomesen_US
dc.subject.keywordeducationen_US
dc.subject.stwGesundheitsvorsorgeen_US
dc.subject.stwBildungsniveauen_US
dc.subject.stwImpfungen_US
dc.subject.stwKinderen_US
dc.subject.stwGesundheiten_US
dc.subject.stwGro├čbritannienen_US
dc.titleAnatomy of a health scare: education, income and the MMR controversy in the UKen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn574382194en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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