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Optimal Aging And Death: Understanding The Preston Curve

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  • Carl-Johan Dalgaard
  • Holger Strulik

Does prosperity lead to greater longevity? If so, what is the strength of the income channel? To address these questions we develop a life cycle model in which households are subject to physiological aging. In modeling aging we draw on recent research in the fields of biology and medicine. The speed of the aging process, and thus the age of death, are endogenously determined by optimal health investments. A calibrated version of the model accounts well for the observed nonlinear cross-country link between longevity and income, also known as the Preston curve.

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File URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10.1111/jeea.12071
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Article provided by European Economic Association in its journal Journal of the European Economic Association.

Volume (Year): 12 (2014)
Issue (Month): 3 (06)
Pages: 672-701

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jeurec:v:12:y:2014:i:3:p:672-701
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  1. David E. Bloom & David Canning & Jaypee Sevilla, 2001. "Economic Growth and the Demographic Transition," NBER Working Papers 8685, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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