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Health Interventions and Risky Behaviour

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  • David Madden

    (University College of Dublin)

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This paper reviews the extent to which policy interventions can affect risky behaviours such as smoking, drinking and diet. The justification for such intervention is typically a market failure, broadly defined. The types of market failure typically encountered are discussed. First and second best interventions are examined and there is a review of the efficacy of such interventions with respect to Ireland.

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Paper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200709.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 21 Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:200709

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