Information and vaccine hesitancy: The role of broadband Internet

  • Published on 06/06/2024
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Sofia Amaral‐Garcia 1, Mattia Nardotto 2, Carol Propper 3, Tommaso Valletti 4

1 European Commission ‐ Joint Research Center i3health/Universite libre de Bruxelles Brussels Belgium
2 ECARES—Universite libre de Bruxelles CEPR and CESifo Bruxelles Belgium
3 Imperial College London Monash University CEPR and IFS London UK
4 Imperial College London CEPR and CESifo London UK


We examine the effect of Internet diffusion on the uptake of an important public health intervention: the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. We study England between 2000 and 2011 when Internet diffusion spread rapidly and there was a high profile medical article (falsely) linking the MMR vaccine to autism. OLS estimates suggest Internet diffusion led to an increase in vaccination rates. This result is reversed after allowing for endogeneity of Internet access. The effect...


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