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Gender Differences in Risk Attitudes

Preference Measurement in Health

ISBN: 978-1-78441-029-2

ISSN: 0731-2199

Publication date: 27 August 2014


Practical/social implications

Differences in risk attitude may be an important contributor to gender-based disparities in health services utilization. More research is needed to assess its full impact on decision-making in health care.




The lead author of this work is the late Dr. L. Warshawsky-Livne who passed away at the young age of 42, on April 11, 2013, after bravely fighting with lymphoma for 3 years. Her doctoral thesis dealt with various issues relating to health care centers for women and brought us to study gender differences in attitudes toward health risks, leading to this chapter. Unfortunately, Dr. L. Warshawsky-Livne cannot rejoice in seeing this chapter published. We, her co-authors and her dear family, miss her warm personality and contagious smile and yet are pleased to publish the chapter as a tribute to her.


Warshawsky-Livne, L., Novack, L., Rosen, A.B., Downs, S.M., Shkolnik-Inbar, J. and Pliskin, J.S. (2014), "Gender Differences in Risk Attitudes", Preference Measurement in Health (Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, Vol. 24), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 123-140.



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