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Child health in developed countries

In: Handbook of Health Economics

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  • Currie, Janet

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This chapter provides an overview of the literature on child health in developed countries. I first lay out a simple economic model of the demand for child health inputs, and discuss whether the evidence is consistent with that model. Next, two main causes of market failure in the market for child health inputs -- lack of information and externalities -- are analyzed. These failures may provide an economic rationale for government intervention in the market for health care. Much of the literature on child health has focused on one such intervention, the provision of public health insurance. However, the utilization of health care is only one input into the production of child health, and it is far from the most important input for most children. Hence, the last section of this chapter offers a brief review of what we know about the effects of government interventions designed to address other threats to child health. The chapter concludes with some opinions about useful direction for future research and data collection efforts.

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  • A. J. Culyer & J. P. Newhouse (ed.), 2000. "Handbook of Health Economics," Handbook of Health Economics, Elsevier, edition 1, volume 1, number 1, 00.
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    1. Hindman Persson, Therése, 2001. "Women's Health Choices and the Effects on Child Health," Working Papers 2001:7, Lund University, Department of Economics, revised 14 Jun 2001.
    2. Shao-Hsun Keng & Wallace Huffman, 2007. "Binge drinking and labor market success: a longitudinal study on young people," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 20(1), pages 35-54, February.
    3. Keng, Shao-Hsun & Huffman, Wallace, 2005. "Binge Drinking and Labor Market Success: A Longitudinal Study on Young People," Staff General Research Papers 12299, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    4. MacInnis, Bo, 2004. "Pesticides And Child Health: Evidence From Hispanic Children In The U.S," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20184, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    5. Guillaume Vidal & Denis Raynaud & Renaud Legal & Rémi Lardellier, 2011. "Un outil pour l’étude des dépenses de santé et des « restes à charge » des ménages : le modèle Omar," Économie et Statistique, Programme National Persée, vol. 450(1), pages 47-77.
    6. Pham-Kanter, Genevieve, 2010. "The Gender Weight Gap: Sons, Daughters, and Maternal Weight," MPRA Paper 28997, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Salm, Martin & Schunk, Daniel, 2008. "The Role of Childhood Health for the Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence from Administrative Data," IZA Discussion Papers 3646, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    8. Rustam Ibragimov, 2008. "A tale of two tails: peakedness properties in inheritance models of evolutionary theory," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 18(5), pages 597-613, October.
    9. Wüst, Miriam, 2010. "The effect of cigarette and alcohol consumption on birth outcomes," Working Papers 10-5, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.
    10. Contoyannis, Paul & Li, Jinhu, 2011. "The evolution of health outcomes from childhood to adolescence," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 11-32, January.

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