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Anatomy of a health scare: education, income and the MMR controversy in the UK

Anderberg, Dan, Chevalier, Arnaud and Wadsworth, Jonathan (2009) Anatomy of a health scare: education, income and the MMR controversy in the UK. CEP Discussion Paper, No. 929. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

One theory for why there is an education gradient in health outcomes is that more educated individuals more quickly absorb new health-related information. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) controversy provides a case where, for a short period, some publicized research suggested that the particular childhood vaccine could have serious side-effects. As the controversy unfolded, uptake of the vaccine by more educated parents decreased relative to that of less educated parents, turning a positive education gradient into a negative one. We also consider the response in terms of uptake of other childhood vaccines and purchases of alternatives to the MMR.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2009 The authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H42 - Publicly Provided Private Goods
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: No. 929
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2010 12:18
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28600/

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