Webinar: Nathan Kettlewell, UTS, Subjective expectations for health service use and consequences for health insurance behaviour

Melbourne Institute Seminar Series

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Title: Subjective expectations for health service use and consequences for health insurance behaviour

Abstract: I evaluate the accuracy of people's subjective probability expectations for using various health services. Subjective expectations closely reflect patterns of observed utilization, are predicted by the same covariates as observed utilization, and correlate with objective measures of risk. At the same time, observable characteristics like age and health are weakly predictive of service demand. Through a series of examples, I demonstrate how subjective expectations can provide new insights about health behaviour, specifically in the areas of asymmetric information, moral hazard and estimating welfare attributable to private care. The findings support collecting subjective expectations about health services in household surveys for use in applied research.

Presenter: Nathan Kettlewell, University of Technology Sydney

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