Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

HERO On line Working Paper Series,
Oslo University, Health Economics Research Programme

No 2000:5: Why do people demand health?

Snorre Kverndokk ()
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Snorre Kverndokk: Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research, Postal: Gaustadalleèn 21, N-0349 Oslo, Norway

Abstract: This paper proposes several ways to extend the standard model for health and health services. Psychological aspects such as status seeking, identity seeking and health adaptation are modelled within the framework of the Grossman model. While the two first aspects may be important psychological mechanisms, the adaptation process seems to be the most relevant process to model within a theoretical dynamic framework. As far as we know, there are no formal analyses of this process in the economic literature.

Keywords: Grossman; health adaption; health services

JEL-codes: I18

25 pages, June 30, 2009

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