Parent’s risk preference and childhood vaccination: evidence from Indonesia

Farah Diza, Chaikal Nuryakin, Pyan A. Muchtar

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A vaccines advisory group to the World Health Organization (WHO) identified complacency, inconvenience in accessing vaccines, and lack of confidence as key reasons for hesitancy. In childhood vaccination, the decision to take a vaccine relies on parents' decisions. Our study explored the relationship between parents' risk aversion and complete childhood vaccination status to identify whether demand contributes to vaccine hesitancy in Indonesia. We examined risk aversion using data from the fifth-wave Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS), focusing on parents with extreme risk aversion or fear of uncertainty. The logistic regression shows a negligible relationship between parents' risk aversion and childhood vaccination; nevertheless, parents who fear uncertainty tend to avoid vaccination. The results of this study encourage public health professionals and policymakers to properly design vaccine campaigns with careful consideration of the risk preference dimension of the targeted beneficiaries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-669
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Public Health Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Childhood vaccination
  • Fear of uncertainty
  • Parent’s vaccine hesitancy
  • Risk aversion
  • Status quo bias


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