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Non-monotonic health behaviours – implications for individual health-related behaviour in a demand-for-health framework

Författare och institution:
Kristian Bolin (Centrum för hälsoekonomi (CHEGU) & Institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik); Björn Lindgren (Centrum för hälsoekonomi (CHEGU))
Publicerad i:
Journal of Health Economics, 50 s. 9 - 26
ISSN:
0167-6296
E-ISSN:
1879-1646
Publikationstyp:
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Publiceringsår:
2016
Språk:
engelska
Fulltextlänk:
Sammanfattning (abstract):
A number of behaviours influence health in a non-monotonic way. Physical activity and alcohol consumption, for instance, may be beneficial to one's health in moderate but detrimental in large quantities. We develop a demand-for-health framework that incorporates the feature of a physiologically optimal level. An individual may still choose a physiologically non-optimal level, because of the trade-off in his or her preferences for health versus other utility-affecting commodities. However, any deviation above or below the physiologically optimal level will be punished with respect to health. Distinguishing between two individual types we study (a) the qualitative properties of optimal time-paths of health capital and health-related behaviour, (b) the perturbations of the optimal time-paths that result from changes in exogenous parameters, and (c) steady state properties. Predictions of the model and the implications for empirical analysis are discussed at length. Some comments on potential future extensions conclude the paper.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Ekonomi och näringsliv
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Ekonomi och näringsliv ->
Nationalekonomi
Nyckelord:
health economics; health-related behavipour
Postens nummer:
241918
Posten skapad:
2016-09-17 09:16
Posten ändrad:
2016-09-21 11:21

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