RIEB Seminar

RIEB Seminar

Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, 3:30pm-5:00pm

RIEB Seminar

Jointly supported by Rokko Forum

Date & Time Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Place Seminar Room at RIEB (Kanematsu Memorial Hall, 1st Floor)
Intended Audience Faculties, Graduate Students and People with Equivalent Knowledge
Language English
3:30pm-5:00pm
Topics
The Economic Effects of Hepatitis B Vaccination Programs (joint with Chia-Ying Hsieh)
Speaker
Kamhon KAN (Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica)
Abstruct
We estimate the effect of a nation-wide hepatitis B vaccination program on education attainment and earnings. The program, implemented in mid 1980s, mandated the vaccination of new born babies with hepatitis B vaccines. In the first wave of the program, started in July 1, 1984, babies born to mothers with hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) seropositivity was given plasma-derived hepatitis B vaccines. Starting from July 1, 1986, all newborns were given hepatitis B vaccines. This programled to a jump in the vaccination rate to 100% for individuals born after July 1, 1986. We take advantage of this jump in the vaccination rate with respect to the birth date for estimation, which is based on individual-level population data. This is one of the first studies examining the economic benefits of vaccines.
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