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Life expectancy and the environment

Fabio Mariani (), Agustin Pérez-Barahona () and Natacha Raffin ()
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Agustin Pérez-Barahona: CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: We present an OLG model in which life expectancy and environmental quality dynamics are jointly determined. Agents may invest in environmental quality, depending on how much they expect to live, but also in order to leave good environmental conditions to future generations. In turn, environmental conditions affects life expectancy. The model produces multiple steady states development regimes) and initial conditions do matter. In particular, some countries may be trapped in a low life expectancy /low environmental quality trap. This outcome is consistent with stylized facts relating life expectancy and environmental performance measures. Possible strategies to escape from this kind of trap are also discussed. Finally, this result is robust to the introduction of human capital through parental education expenditures.

Keywords: poverty traps; Environmental quality; life expectancy; poverty traps.; Qualité environnementale; espérance de vie; trappe à pauvreté. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-09
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Published in 2008

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