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Mortality, Family and Lifestyles

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  • Gregory Ponthiere

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While there is a large empirical literature on the intergenerational transmission of health and survival outcomes in relation to lifestyles, little theoretical work exists on the long-run prevalence of (un)healthy lifestyles induced by mortality patterns. To examine that issue, this paper develops an overlapping generations model where a healthy lifestyle and an unhealthy lifestyle are transmitted vertically or obliquely across generations. It is shown that there must exist a locally stable heterogeneous equilibrium involving a majority of healthy agents, as a result of the larger parental gains from socialization efforts under a higher life expectancy. Wealso examine the robustness of our results to the introduction of parental altruistic concerns for children's health and of asymmetric socialization costs.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Volume (Year): 32 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 175-190

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jfamec:v:32:y:2011:i:2:p:175-190

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Keywords: Altruism; Family; Lifestyle; Longevity; Socialization; I12; J11; J13; Z13;

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  1. Kuo-Liang Chang & George Langelett & Andrew Waugh, 2011. "Health, Health Insurance, and Decision to Exit from Farming," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 32(2), pages 356-372, June.
  2. Vanessa Hunn & Claudia Heath, 2011. "Path Analysis of Welfare Use: Depression as a Mediating Factor," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 32(2), pages 341-355, June.

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