health behaviours, economics of
AbstractThe economics of health behaviours concerns decisions about smoking, diet and exercise, drinking alcohol, and other consumer choices with important health consequences. The neoclassical model of the consumer and its extensions provide the theoretical framework for most economic research on health behaviours. More recently, behavioural economic models that incorporate insights from psychology have been proposed as alternative models of health behaviours, especially behaviours involving addiction. Empirical economic research on health behaviours is extensive, and explores both the determinants and consequences of health behaviours. Welfare economic analysis of health behaviours also provides useful, if sometimes controversial, guidance for public policy.
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This chapter was published in: Steven N. Durlauf & Lawrence E. Blume (ed.) , , pages , 2011, 4th quarter update.
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