Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223988
Authors: 
Brilli, Ylenia
Lucifora, Claudio
Russo, Antonio
Tonello, Marco
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13546
Abstract: 
We analyze the effects of a vaccination program providing free flu vaccine to individuals aged 65 or more on take-up behavior and hospitalization. Using both administrative and survey data, we implement a regression discontinuity design around the threshold at age 65, and find that the effect of the program on take-up ranges between 70% and 90% of the average vaccination rate for individuals aged less than 65. We show that this effect is not entirely driven by an income channel, but also depends on the expected benefits of vaccination. The analysis on health outcomes shows that the program reduces the likelihood of emergency hospitalization.
Subjects: 
public health
influenza
vaccination
health prevention policies
JEL: 
I12
I18
J10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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