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Health Capital Taxation

Job Boerma and Ellen McGrattan
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Job Boerma: University of Minnesota
Ellen McGrattan: University of Minnesota

No 204, 2018 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics

Abstract: This paper studies the design of health care and tax policies in a quantitative macroeconomic model. We theoretically and quantitatively characterize the optimal taxation on consumption, health investments, earnings and capital investments. Policies are constrained due to private information with respect to shocks to household labor productivity and health status. We compare the results to actual policies and household allocations in the Netherlands, a country with a single-payer system but vast differences in health expenditures and mortality rates across income groups.

Date: 2018
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