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Longevity and environmental quality in an OLG model

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  • Pierre-André Jouvet
  • Pierre Pestieau
  • Grégory Ponthière

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Whereas existing OLG models with endogenous longevity neglect the impact of environmental quality on mortality, this paper studies the design of the optimal public intervention in a two-period OLG model where longevity is influenced positively by health expenditures, but negatively by pollution due to production. It is shown that if individuals, when choosing how much to spend on health, do not internalize the impact of their decision on environmental quality (i.e. the space available for each person), the decentralization of the social optimum requires a tax not only on capital income, but also, on health expenditures. The sensitivity of the optimal second-best public intervention is also explored numerically..

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Paper provided by University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX in its series EconomiX Working Papers with number 2007-19.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:drm:wpaper:2007-19

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