Substituting Leisure for Health Expenditure: A General Equilibrium-Based Empirical Investigation
We develop a general equilibrium macroeconomic model with endogenous health accumulation, and we use the model's equilibrium condition to estimate the elasticity of substitution between medical care and leisure time in maintaining health, based on a cross-country panel dataset. Our econometric estimates imply that increasing health-enhancing leisure time may substantially reduce the nation's medical expenditure and help resolve its pressing fiscal uncertainty. Our study highlights the importance of several current nationwide campaigns aimed at improving national health status, from not only health but macroeconomic perspectives. Our study also provides a guidance to a growing macro-health literature in modeling health production.
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