Journal Article
No. 2017-3 | February 16, 2017
Private health expenditures and environmental quality


This paper presents a simple two-period overlapping generations model that contains environmental and health issues. It investigates an intergenerational conflict between old and young generations as regards two defensive expenditures offsetting the influence of a worsening environment represented here by health care and environmental investment. Workers support environmental maintenance while retirees prefer investing in health care. The authors have shown that an increasing support for private health expenditure leads to a higher level of capital accumulation and leads also to a higher level of environmental quality if the maintenance efforts are higher than consumption externalities.

JEL Classification:

D91, J11, Q20


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Cite As

Fatma Safi and Lobna Ben Hassen (2017). Private health expenditures and environmental quality. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 11 (2017-3).

Comments and Questions

Ayoub Sidahmed - health care and environment
February 19, 2017 - 07:39

The Issue is interesting but the variables related to the targetd groups need to be elaborated to cover gender forexample .Also the scope of tge study need to be considered to enrich the model