Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227783
Authors: 
Bhalotra, Sonia R.
Delavande, Adeline
Fisher, Paul
James, Jonathan G.
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Working Paper Series No. 2020-02
Abstract: 
In this paper we examine the impact of a tailored health warning on health outcomes. We exploit the design of a household panel survey that provided feedback to participants on their blood-pressure levels as a quasi-experiment. We find that many participants who were told their blood-pressure was high went on to get a formal diagnosis of hypertension from a medical practitioner. The effect of getting a formal hypertension diagnosis was to reduce the incidence of smoking and improve the quality of diets. However, we do not find changes in monthly alcohol spending. The behavioural changes (plus any prescribed medications) were large enough to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease.
Subjects: 
tailored information
hypertension
smoking
JEL: 
I12
I18
D8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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