Growth and Welfare under Endogenous Lifetime

Maik T. Schneider, Ralph Winkler

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Abstract

We study the role of endogenous healthcare choices by households to extend their expected lifetimes on economic growth and welfare in a decentralized overlapping generations economy with annuitized wealth. We characterize endogenous healthcare spending in the decentralized market equilibrium and its effects on economic growth and identify the moral-hazard effect in healthcare investments when annuity rates are conditioned on average mortality. In a numerical simulation of our model with OECD data from 2005, we find that the moral-hazard effect may be substantial and implies sizeable welfare losses of approximately 1.4–2.8%, depending on the share of annuitized retirement wealth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1339-1384
Number of pages46
JournalThe Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Volume123
Issue number4
Early online date8 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2021

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