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Endogenous longevity, biological deterioration and economic growth

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  • Marcos Sanso

    () (Department of Economic Analysis. Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. University of Zaragoza)

  • Rosa M. Aísa

    (Department of Economic Analysis. Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. University of Zaragoza)

Abstract

The identification of the types of bidirectional interactions that take place between longevity and economic growth in the long-run is carried out by means of the integration of human capital accumulation, innovation in medical technology, a health goods sector, and individual decisions on health and longevity in a dynamic general equilibrium set-up. In this context, in which individual agents decide not only on their “quality” of life but also on its “quantity”, the mere process of biological deterioration, that is to say, the continuous loss of health goods effectiveness in maintaining a given level of health as individuals age, provides the reason for an additional, and new, engine of growth.

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  • Marcos Sanso & Rosa M. Aísa, 2005. "Endogenous longevity, biological deterioration and economic growth," Documentos de Trabajo dt2005-10, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad de Zaragoza.
  • Handle: RePEc:zar:wpaper:dt2005-10
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    1. Dihai Wang & Heng-fu Zou, 2011. "The Fogel Approach to Health and Growth," CEMA Working Papers 520, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.

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    Keywords

    Biological deterioration; Health; Health goods; Endogenous longevity; Endogenous growth;

    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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