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Optimal paternalistic health and human capital policies

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  • Arbex, Marcelo Aarestru
  • Mattos, Enlinson

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We study optimal human and health linear policies when there is a paternalistic motive to overcome present bias problems of agents with heterogeneous cognitive skills. The paternalistic intervention rewards individuals for physical capital accumulation and the combined e ect of health and human capital on future earnings. Our results highlight a novel e ect of paternalistic policies due to the interaction between present-biased preferences and cognitive skills. We illustrate numerically that this policy package is the most e ective and we analyze the relevance of agent's cognitive skills and present-biased preferences for the determination of rst-best and constrained rst-best optimal policies.

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  • Arbex, Marcelo Aarestru & Mattos, Enlinson, 2018. "Optimal paternalistic health and human capital policies," Textos para discussão 465, FGV EESP - Escola de Economia de São Paulo, Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil).
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    JEL classification:

    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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