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Replication data for: Optimal Expectations and Limited Medical Testing: Evidence from Huntington Disease

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Oster, Emily
  • Shoulson, Ira
  • Dorsey, E. Ray
Publication Date
2013-04-01
Description
  • Abstract

    We use novel data to study genetic testing among individuals at risk for Huntington disease (HD), a hereditary disease with limited life expectancy. Although genetic testing is perfectly predictive and carries little economic cost, presymptomatic testing is rare. Testing rates increase with increases in ex ante risk of having HD. Untested individuals express optimistic beliefs about their health and make decisions (e.g., retirement) as if they do not have HD, even though individuals with confirmed HD behave differently. We suggest that these facts can be reconciled by an optimal expectations model (Brunnermeier and Parker 2005). (JEL D84, I12)
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Relations
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.2.804 (Text)
Publications
  • Oster, Emily, Ira Shoulson, and E. Ray Dorsey. “Optimal Expectations and Limited Medical Testing: Evidence from Huntington Disease.” American Economic Review 103, no. 2 (April 2013): 804–30. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.103.2.804.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.103.2.804 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Oster, Emily; Shoulson, Ira; Dorsey, E. Ray (2013): Replication data for: Optimal Expectations and Limited Medical Testing: Evidence from Huntington Disease. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E112604