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Health, Lifestyle and Growth


  • COPPOLA, Gianluigi

    () (CELPE (Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy), University of Salerno, Italy)


In this paper I will try to explain why lifestyle may have a positive impact on economic growth. First of all, I consider health affecting consumer’s utility and then define a Health Production Function where health is the output and consumer good the input. In this approach a parameter named Lifestyle Return to Scale (LRS) is defined. The first result is that an increase of consumer’s personal income may have a positive or a negative effect on health. In other words health may be a normal or an inferior good. It depends on Lifestyle Return to Scale- According to this result, I compute a health multiplier and then modify the Solow Growth Model in which health is labour-augmenting. The result is a model in which the Lifestyle Return to Scale positively affects the income per capita and the income per capita growth.

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  • COPPOLA, Gianluigi, 2010. "Health, Lifestyle and Growth," CELPE Discussion Papers 115, CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno, Italy.
  • Handle: RePEc:sal:celpdp:0115

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    1. Ferretti, Fabrizio & Mariani, Michele, 2017. "Simple vs. Complex Carbohydrate Dietary Patterns and the Global Overweight and Obesity Pandemic," MPRA Paper 81877, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 05 Sep 2017.

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    health; lifestyles; growth;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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