Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 24 January 2024 – LG 0.423

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You are invited to join the weekly Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 24 January 2024, from 13.15 to 14.45 pm. The seminar will be held in room LG 0.423Sophie Guthmuller (WU Vienna) will be talking about „Health Prevention Spillovers: Evidence from Organised Cancer Screening Programmes in Europe”.

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The reduction of cancer preventable diseases through increased screening uptake is a crucial public health achievement. Much research has focused on the direct impact of the three Organised Screening Programmes (OSPs) implemented in European countries for breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer on screening uptake.

I will present first results of two ongoing research that aim at studying spillovers in cancer screening participation. The first research examines spillovers within the family, by identifying the presence of partner concordance in the likelihood to participate in the OSP for colorectal cancer. The second research studies cross-screening-programme-spillovers among women, an under-researched type of spillover effect in health policy.

This research is based on linked data of regional Organised Screening Programmes (OSPs) throughout Europe with individual data from the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) including data from 29 European countries and a large set of variables measuring cancer screening participation (fecal occult blood test, mammography, and pap test), socioeconomic indicators, health status variables, and participation to other health prevention measures (vaccination, annual health checkups). We assess the impact of OSPs on uptake rates for breast cancer, colon cancer and cervical cancer using regional variations in access to OSPs and variations in the age eligibility to OSPs in a Difference-in-Differences setting. We measure spillover effects with a causal mediation analysis.