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    The golden rule of longevity

    Gestsson, M.H. and Zoega, Gylfi (2017) The golden rule of longevity. Working Paper. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    How much should society invest in medical care that extends the lives of the older generations? We derive a golden rule for the level of health care expenditures and find that the optimal level of life-extending health care expenditures should increase with rising productivity, increase with the retirement age, and also increase with the population growth rate if a higher growth rate lowers the ratio of retirees to working-age people sufficiently, while the effects of an improvement in medical technology are ambiguous. Moreover, we find that a market economy may be inefficient in terms of the provision of life-extending health care because an individual ignores the effect of his own longevity on the income of others.


    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: BWPEF 1705
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Health care expenditures, golden rule, productivity
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 13:44
    Last Modified: 12 Jan 2023 03:57


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