Does the letter matter (and for everyone)? Quasi-experimental evidence on the effects of home invitation on mammography uptake
Vincenzo Carrieri () and
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Ansgar Wübker ()
Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers from HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York
We exploit regional variation in the availability of breast cancer screening policies and variations in age eligibility criteria across European regions to estimate the causal effect of home invitation on mammography uptake. We link administrative public data about regional breast cancer screening policies from various sources to individual Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) data. We find that home invitation increases mammography uptakes by around 24 percentage points. At the same time, we find that home invitation reduces education-related inequalities but increases gradient in the use related to cognitive functions. In addition, significant effects on mammography use are found only when at least 50 per cent of the population is reached by the home invitation. Our results suggest that an exogenous informational shock significantly affects preventive decisions especially among less informed individuals but the effectiveness of the informational shock is strongly reduced for women who are less able to process information.
Keywords: home invitation; preventive health care; quasi-experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C10 I11 I14 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Does the Letter Matter (and for Everyone)? - Quasi-experimental Evidence on the Effects of Home Invitation on Mammography Uptake (2014)
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