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Endogenous Mortality, Human Capital and Endogenous Growth

  • Osang, Thomas


    (Department of Economics, Southern Methodist University)

  • Sarkar, Jayanta


    (Department of Economics, Southern Methodist University)

We consider growth and welfare effects of lifetime-uncertainty in an economy with human capital-led endogenous growth. We argue that lifetime uncertainty reduces private incentives to invest in both physical and human capital. Using an overlapping generations framework with finite-lived households we analyze the relevance of government expenditure on health and education to counter such growth-reducing forces. We focus on three different models that differ with respect to the mode of financing of education: (i) both private and public spending, (ii) only public spending, and (iii) only private spending. Results show that models (i) and (iii) outperform model (ii) with respect to long-term growth rates of per capita income, welfare levels and other important macroeconomic indicators. Theoretical predictions of model rankings for these macroeconomic indicators are also supported by observed stylized facts.

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Paper provided by Southern Methodist University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 0511.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:smu:ecowpa:0511
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