Economic Aspects of Health

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Victor R. Fuchs
University of Chicago Press, Apr 1, 1982 - Medical - 333 pages
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Unlike earlier work in medical economics, which has focused on medical care, these ten papers stress the production and consequences of health itself. They reveal a serious concern with real-world health problems in their investigation of such subjects as infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity, and disability. These papers are unusual, as well, in bringing to bear on these problems new and powerful theoretical and statistical tools. They draw on, and in some cases are, original sources for new bodies of data. As such, Economic Aspects of Health comprises a useful blend of relevance and rigor.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Determinants of Health
13
Prenatal Medical Care and Infant Mortality
15
The Behavior of Mothers as Inputs to Child Health The Determinants of Birth Weight Gestation and Rate of Fetal Growth
53
Time Preference and Health An Exploratory Study
93
Healthiness Education and Marital Status
121
Consequences of Ill Health
141
The Status of Health in Demand Estimation or Beyond Excellent Good Fair and Poor
143
Employment Earnings and Psychiatric Diagnosis
203
Childrens Health Problems Implications for Parental Labor Supply and Earnings
221
Health and Public Policy
253
The Choice of Health Policies with Heterogeneous Populations
255
Medical Care Medical Insurance and Survival Probability The True Cost of Living
299
List of Contributors
325
Author Index
327
Subject Index
330

Physical Disabilities and Postsecondary Educational Choices
185

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About the author (1982)

Victor R. Fuchs is professor of economics at Stanford University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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