Family Health Behaviors
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AbstractWe study how health behaviors are shaped through family spillovers. We leverage administrative data to identify the effects of health shocks on family members' consumption of preventive care and health-related behaviors, constructing counterfactuals for affected households using households that experience the same shock but a few years in the future. Spouses and adult children immediately improve their health behaviors and their responses are both significant and persistent. These spillovers are far-reaching as they cascade even to coworkers. While some responses are consistent with learning information about one's own health, the evidence points to salience as a major operative explanation.
CitationFadlon, Itzik, and Torben Heien Nielsen. 2019. "Family Health Behaviors." American Economic Review, 109 (9): 3162-91. DOI: 10.1257/aer.20171993
- D15 Intertemporal Household Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
- D83 Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
- I12 Health Behavior
- J12 Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse