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ERIC Number: EJ944102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Explaining Optimistic Old Age Disability and Longevity Expectations
Costa-Font, Joan; Costa-Font, Montserrat
Social Indicators Research, v104 n3 p533-544 Dec 2011
Biased health care decision making has been regarded as responsible for inefficient behaviours (for example, the limited insurance purchase). This paper empirically examines two sets of biases in the perception of old age disability and longevity. Particularly, we test for the existence of a so called cumulative bias and, secondly, a so called optimism bias. Findings are suggestive of a significant overestimation of disability risks but no overestimation of longevity expectations is found. Both disability and longevity perceptions appear to exhibit a "cumulative" pattern when mapped over time. Healthier individuals are less likely to perceive high disability and longevity risks whilst female and younger respondents perceive a higher risk of disability in old age at a population level but not at an individual level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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