Cost Optimization in the SIS Model of Infectious Disease with Treatment
AbstractWe consider the intertemporal social optimization problem of minimizing the present value of the costs incurred from both disease and treatment. Though the analysis is complicated by the analytical failure of concavity, we are able to substantially characterize both the long run equilibria and the adjustment paths. The cost minimizing program is shown to exhibit a tendency towards decreased levels of treatment in the presence of higher disease levels. The socially optimal program is compared to individually rational behavior and the inefficiencies in private behavior from the infection externality are shown to cause potentially large increases in the equilibrium rate of infection.
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cost optimization; infectious disease; SIS model; Medicine and Health Sciences; Social and Behavioral Sciences;
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- Goldman Steven Marc & Lightwood James, 2002. "Cost Optimization in the SIS Model of Infectious Disease with Treatment," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 2(1), pages 1-24, April.
- Steven M. Goldman and James Lightwood., 1996. "Cost Optimization in the SIS Model of Infectious Disease with Treatment," Economics Working Papers 96-245, University of California at Berkeley.
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