Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/222087
Authors: 
Bíró, Anikó
Szabó-Morvai, Ágnes
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
CERS-IE Working Papers No. CERS-IE WP - 2020/18
Abstract: 
We estimate the effect of mass media coverage of the meningococcal disease on the uptake of meningococcal vaccinations in Hungary. Our analysis is based on administrative county-level data on vaccination purchases linked to indicators of media coverage of the meningococcal disease and to administrative records of disease incidence. Using geographical and time variations in these indicators, our fixed effects estimates indicate a strong positive effect of mass media coverage of the disease on the rate of vaccination with all types of the meningococcal vaccine. At the same time, we do not find evidence that disease incidence itself has a positive impact on vaccination. These findings are broadly in line with imperfect information and the principles of bounded rationality and highlight the responsibility of mass media in influencing health-related behaviours.
Subjects: 
vaccination
meningitis
mass media
imperfect information
bounded rationality
JEL: 
I12
I18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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