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Growth and welfare effects of health care in knowledge-based economies

Michael Kuhn and Klaus Prettner ()

Journal of Health Economics, 2016, vol. 46, issue C, 100-119

Abstract: We study the effects of labor intensive health care within a research and development (R&D) driven growth model with overlapping generations. Health care increases longevity, labor participation, and productivity, while it also diverts labor away from production and R&D. We examine under which conditions expanding health care enhances growth and welfare and establish mild conditions under which the provision of health care beyond the growth-maximizing level is Pareto superior.

Keywords: Endogenous growth; Mortality; Morbidity; Health care; Research and development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I15 I18 O11 O41 O43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2016.01.009

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