The Impact of Health on Productivity and Growth

Brigitte Dormont, Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Florian Pelgrin and Marc Suhrcke

in Ageing, Health, and Productivity

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199587131
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595370 | DOI:
The Impact of Health on Productivity and Growth

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This chapter assesses the impact of health expenditures and better health status on potential growth and productivity. It presents some ‘thought experiments’ on the indexation of active life on longevity and impact of ageing on aggregate productivity. After analysing the impact of income growth on health spending, the chapter closes the loop by investigating the likely impacts of better health and longevity on economic growth.

Keywords: ageing; productivity; health expenditure; economic growth; aggregate productivity

Chapter.  6510 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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