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Post-doctoral fellow will study flu vaccine incentives

01 Nov 2018

CHEPA offers a belated welcome to Dr. Irene Mussio, who began a two-year post-doctoral fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Jeremiah Hurley in September at McMaster’s Department of Economics, and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).

Mussio, an experimentalist whose research focuses on behavioural economics with applications to health contexts, holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She is also a member of the McMaster Decision Science Lab (McDSL) and a degree 2 researcher at the Departamento de Economia at the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la Republica.

Her previous research included a field experiment that examined an intervention designed to increase the uptake of flu shots among university students. As a MIRA fellow at McMaster, she will extend that work to seniors. In particular, she will try to understand the way that information flows through small-sized networks contribute to vaccination decisions, and to change the misinformation about flu vaccines.

Mussio is collaborating with researchers at CINCH (University of Duisburg Essen) and Universidad de Concepcion (Chile), and hopes to collaborate with other researchers at McMaster as well. 
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