Topics in Consumer Health Decisions
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This dissertation discusses three topics in health economics focusing on consumer health decisions, as well as the application of econometric techniques to misclassified self-reported data. The first chapter attempts to estimate the relationship between smoking and morbidity in the United States. The second chapter focuses on identifying the relationship between participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and BMI, when the binary independent variable is endogenously misclassified. The third chapter presents a new look at the problem of asymmetric information in the life insurance market. We analyze the relation between mortality risk and individual term life insurance ownership, in an attempt to understand whether individuals with a higher risk of mortality are also more likely to own individual term insurance.