Health as human capital: synthesis and extensions1

Health as human capital: synthesis and extensions1 Oxford University Press 2007 Oxford Economic Papers 59 (2007), 379 – 410 379 doi:10.1093/oep/gpm020 Health as human capital: synthesis and extensions By Gary S. Becker Department of Economics, University of Chicago, 1126 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA, and Hoover Institution; e-mail: gbecker@uchicago.edu 1. Introduction The first major collection of articles on human capital (Schultz, 1962) contained discussions of education, on the job training, migration, and health. While literally thousands of articles and books followed on human capital dimensions of educa- tion and training, there have been many fewer discussions of health as human capital. This is partly because the contribution on health in this volume is not particularly insightful, but it is also because the concept of health as human capital relies on somewhat different concepts than does education or training. A major step forward occurred with Grossman’s work (Grossman, 1972) that modeled optimal investment in increasing longevity. This article stimulated a large literature, but nevertheless, articles on health as human capital have been only a small fraction of those on education and training. In fact, most of the economics literature on health discusses ways to improve the delivery of health care services, such as HMO’s or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oxford Economic Papers Oxford University Press

Health as human capital: synthesis and extensions1

Oxford Economic Papers, Volume 59 (3) – Jul 1, 2007

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Oxford University Press 2007 Oxford Economic Papers 59 (2007), 379 – 410 379 doi:10.1093/oep/gpm020 Health as human capital: synthesis and extensions By Gary S. Becker Department of Economics, University of Chicago, 1126 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA, and Hoover Institution; e-mail: gbecker@uchicago.edu 1. Introduction The first major collection of articles on human capital (Schultz, 1962) contained discussions of education, on the job training, migration, and health. While literally thousands of articles and books followed on human capital dimensions of educa- tion and training, there have been many fewer discussions of health as human capital. This is partly because the contribution on health in this volume is not particularly insightful, but it is also because the concept of health as human capital relies on somewhat different concepts than does education or training. A major step forward occurred with Grossman’s work (Grossman, 1972) that modeled optimal investment in increasing longevity. This article stimulated a large literature, but nevertheless, articles on health as human capital have been only a small fraction of those on education and training. In fact, most of the economics literature on health discusses ways to improve the delivery of health care services, such as HMO’s or

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