On the Dynamics of Demand for Leisure and the Production of Health
The paper develops and estimates a structural model of household health production that jointly determines the demand for leisure and the demand for consumption for elderly males. The authors use a stochastic dynamic programming framework based on the assumption that an individual maximizes lifetime utility subject to budget and time constraints and a health production function by choosing hours of leisure and levels of consumption of health related and health neutral goods and services. Moreover, they use a very comprehensive health index which combines four scales measuring a variety of dimensions in the quality of life. The Euler equations derived from the authors' model are estimated using data from six biennial panels of the Retirement History Survey (RHS).
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Volume (Year): 16 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
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