Health and infrastructure in a model of endogenous growth
This paper studies the optimal allocation of government spending between infrastructure and health (which affects labor productivity as well as household utility) in an endogenous growth framework. A key feature of the model is that infrastructure affects not only the production of goods but also the supply of health services. The rate of time preference is also endogenously related to health outcomes. The first part considers the case where health enters as a flow in production and utility, whereas the second focuses on a "stock" approach. Growth- and welfare-maximizing rules for income taxation and the allocation of public spending are derived.
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