Goulão, Catarina and Pérez-Barahona, Agustín (2011) Intergenerational transmission of non-communicable chronic diseases. TSE Working Paper, n. 11-219

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We introduce a theoretical framework that contributes to the understanding of the non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) epidemics: even if NCDs are not "biologically" communicable, they may spread due to the transmission of unhealthy activities such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and smoking. In particular, we study the intergenerational dimension of this mechanism. We found that, due to the "social" transmission of NCDs, agents choose lower health conditions and higher unhealthy activities than what is socially optimal. Taxes on unhealthy activities, that may subsidize health investments, can be used to restore
the social optimum. Finally, we also observe that our model is consistent with the existence of regional asymmetries regarding the prevalence of obesity and NCDs.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: 14 January 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health capital, Chronic diseases and obesity, Social transmission
JEL Classification: H21 - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
H23 - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 06:03
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2021 15:36
OAI Identifier: oai:tse-fr.eu:24012
URI: https://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/3492

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