Health, Endogenous Fertility and Economic Growth

Ole Jørgensen

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    Abstract

    This paper shows how improved health conditions aect fertility decisions and economic growth. Survival rates for children and adults are incorporated into an overlapping generations model featuring endogenous fertility and altruism from workers towards their retired parents. The main nding is that a simultaneous increase in child and adult survival decreases fertility and increases savings and productivity growth. The analysis illustrates the key role of health in the demographic transition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherCentre for Economic and Business Research, Copenhagen Business School
    Number of pages21
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    SeriesCEBR Discussion Paper
    Number2008-04

    Keywords

    • Health
    • Mortality
    • Endogenous fertility
    • Demographic transition
    • Endogenous economic growth

    Cite this

    Jørgensen, O. (2009). Health, Endogenous Fertility and Economic Growth. Frederiksberg: Centre for Economic and Business Research, Copenhagen Business School. CEBR Discussion Paper, No. 2008-04