Invest-as-You-Go: Public Health Investment, Long-Term Care and Welfare
22 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2015
Date Written: November 2015
Better health not only boosts longevity in itself, it also postpones the initial onset of disability and chronic infirmity to a later age. In this paper we examine the effects of such "compression of morbidity" on pensions, and introduce a health-dependent dimension to the standard pay-as-you-go (PAYG) pension scheme. Studying the implications of this "long-term care augmented" system in an overlapping generations framework, public health investment is analytically shown to boost savings and capital accumulation in the long run. Because of this multiplier effect, a partially health-dependent PAYG scheme will outperform a regular PAYG system in terms of lifetime welfare, as indicated by our numerical calculations.
Keywords: Public Health Investment, Overlapping Generations (OLG), Long-Term Care, PAYG Pension System, Compression of Morbidity
JEL Classification: H55, I15, O41
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