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Health in the Family: Collective Rationality and Risk Perceptions

  • Author / Creator
    Zinner, David
  • Heart disease is a large problem in the United States and Canada. The research conducted in this thesis will examine three things. First, what is the average American parent’s WTP for a reduction in their own and child risk of developing heart disease by age 75, and how do these two estimates compare and is it an efficient allocation of family resources? Second, what are the contributing factors for the purchase of a heart disease risk reduction program? Third, how do individuals perceive heart disease risk, and do they understand the risk factors associated with the development of this disease? It was discovered that the MWTP for a parent and their child were equal, and that demographic and health factors contribute to the purchase of a heart disease risk reduction program. Overall individuals were found to understand the risks of heart disease and were able to identify common risk factors.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3R93X
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
  • Specialization
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Gerking, Shelby (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Adamowicz, Vic (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Adamowicz, Vic (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Gerking, Shelby (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)
    • Anders, Sven (Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology)