Pietro Biroli (University of Zurich)

May 16, 2019

12:45 - 2:00 pm


Doyens 22, Place des doyens 1

Pietro Biroli

(University of Zurich)

will give a presentation on

Genetics and Health Insurance: How Genes and Insurance Status Affect Smoking Decisions after Health Shocks

Abstract: The determinants of healthy behaviors are complex and multifaceted, and include both biological factors, such as genetic predispositions, as well as environmental factors, such as financial liquidity and health insurance status. We show how the choice of smoking after a serious health shock is jointly determined by the interaction between these biological and environmental components. We find that genetic predispositions can offset the financial incentives for smoking cessation. These results suggest that genetic heterogeneity is a factor that should be considered when evaluating the importance of health insurance policies.

Coauthor: Laura Zwyssig

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