Economic Aspects of Health
edited by Victor R. Fuchs
University of Chicago Press, 1982
Cloth: 978-0-226-26785-2 | Electronic: 978-0-226-26794-4
ABOUT THIS BOOKAUTHOR BIOGRAPHYTABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS BOOK

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.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

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

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One. Determinants of Health

1. Prenatal Medical Care and Infant Mortality

2. The Behavior of Mothers as Inputs to Child Health: The Determinants of Birth Weight, Gestation, and Rate of Fetal Growth '

3. Time Preference and Health: An Exploratory Study

4. Healthiness, Education, and Marital Status

Part Two. Consequences of Ill Health

5. The Status of Health in Demand Estimation; or, Beyond Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor

6. Physical Disabilities and Post-secondary Educational Choices

7. Employment, Earnings, and Psychiatric Diagnosis

8. Children’s Health Problems: Implications for Parental Labor Supply and Earnings

Part Three. Health and Public Policy

9. The Choice of Health Policies with Heterogeneous Populations

10. Medical Care, Medical Insurance, and Survival Probability: The True Cost of Living

List of Contributors

Author Index

Subject Index