A second-generation endogenous model about health as determinant of economic growth


  • Pablo Daniel Monterubbianesi Universidad Nacional del Sur and CONICET


The intrinsic value of health as a component of human capital has been increasing with the passage of time and, thus, its relevance as determinant of economic growth. We present a second-generation endogenous growth model where health plays a crucial role as determinant of the economic growth. In this model, a higher level of the health status and, thereby, of human capital, produces different effects. On the one hand, it elevates the product of both final and intermediate (innovation) goods sectors. On the other hand, it enhances the capacity to learn, and strengthens the adaptability to changes and the creative abilities, reducing the cost of each new innovation and generating a higher growth rate. Additionally, any improvement in the rate of depreciation of health status will reduce the cost of innovation, generating a higher growth. Thus, the model presented here captures the different channels of influence proposed in economic literature.



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Biografia do Autor

Pablo Daniel Monterubbianesi, Universidad Nacional del Sur and CONICET

Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina

Research Schoolarship Holder, CONICET, Argentina