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Substituting Leisure for Health Expenditure: A General Equilibrium-Based Empirical Investigation

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  • Sheng-Ti Hung

    (Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa)

  • Kevin X.D. Huang

    (Vanderbilt University)

  • Hui He

    (Shanghai University of Finance and Economics)

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We develop a general equilibrium macroeconomic model with endogenous health accumulation, and use the model's equilibrium condition to estimate the elasticity of substitution between medical care and leisure time in maintaining health based on a cross-country panel dataset. Our econometric estimates imply that increasing health-enhancing leisure time can substantially reduce national health expenditure, and thus may also help resolve the pressing fiscal uncertainty. Our study highlights the importance of several current national initiatives, such as "Let's Move!", from not only health but macroeconomic perspectives. Our study also provides a guidance to a growing literature on macro-health in modeling health production.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2013 Meeting Papers with number 1310.

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  1. Kevin X. D. Huang & Hui He, 2013. "Why Do Americans Spend So Much More on Health Care than Europeans?," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 13-00021, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.

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