Parental beliefs and willingness to pay for reduction in their child's asthma symptoms: A joint estimation approach

Irene Mussio, Sylvia Brandt, Michael Hanemann

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Many aspects of asthma—in particular the relationship between beliefs, averting behaviors, and symptoms—are not directly observable from market data. An approach that combines observable market data with nonmarket valuation to gather data on unobservable aspects of the illness can improve efforts to quantify the burden of asthma if it accounts for the endogeneity in the system. Such approaches are used in the valuation of recreation but have not been widely used to value the burden of a chronic illness. We estimate parents' willingness to pay (WTP) to reduce their child's asthma symptoms using a three-equation model that combines revealed preference, contingent valuation, and burden of asthma, increasing the efficiency of estimation and correcting for endogeneity. WTP for a device that reduces a child's asthma symptoms by 50% is $125/month (s.d. $20). Parents' valuations are driven by beliefs about asthma and by their degree of worry about asthma between episodes. There is a nonlinear relationship between the number of days with symptoms and WTP per symptom day. The experience of living with asthma affects families' responses to a contingent valuation scenario, because it influences willingness to spend money to manage the illness and their subjective perceptions and beliefs about the illness itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-143
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Economics (United Kingdom)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • asthma
  • children's health
  • contingent valuation
  • joint estimation
  • revealed preferences
  • willingness to pay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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