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A Theory of Health Investment under Competing Mortality Risks

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In this paper we present a theory of health investment when there are multiple causes of death. Since there are several risks “competing“ for one's life, the health investments in avoiding different causes of death are not independent in general. We analyze the optimal investment rules and the comparative statics. In particular, we search for the conditions that make such health investments normal goods, non-Giffen goods, gross complements to one another, and have a positive risk aversion effect. If the proposed conditions fail, then some health investments may become net substitutes, or even gross substitutes to one another.

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  • Fwu-Ranq Chang, 2002. "A Theory of Health Investment under Competing Mortality Risks," CESifo Working Paper Series 669, CESifo Group Munich.
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    1. Julien Hugonnier & Florian Pelgrin & Pascal St-Amour, 2009. "Health and (other) Asset Holdings," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 09-18, Swiss Finance Institute.
    2. Balia, Silvia & Jones, Andrew M., 2008. "Mortality, lifestyle and socio-economic status," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 1-26, January.
    3. Julien Hugonnier & Florian Pelgrin, 2013. "Health and (Other) Asset Holdings," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 80(2), pages 663-710.
    4. Strand, Jon, 2006. "Valuation of environmental improvements in continuous time with mortality and morbidity effects," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 229-241, August.
    5. Liqun Liu, 2008. "Spillover of cause-specific longevity interventions: an independent mortality risk model," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 9(2), pages 193-201, May.

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