Determinants and Consequences of Immunization
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
This interdisciplinary session focuses on immunization policy. The session includes a variety of research approaches to the study of immunization. First, we consider the determinants of individual decisions about immunization. One paper considers the roll of information exposure through media and social media in influencing individual immunization decisions. A second paper uses an innovative experiment at a large employer to study the importance of employer-provided incentives and scheduling in affecting worker choices to participate in annual flu immunization. Next, we consider the bigger-picture effects of immunization policy on health and human capital. One paper studies the effects of laws requiring immunization for hospital workers on US mortality. A final paper considers the effects of school immunization requirements on academic achievement and documents their effects of racial disparities in achievement.