Theoretical Simulation in Health Economics: An application to Grossman’s Model of Investment in Health Capital
Katerina Koka, Audrey Laporte, Brian Ferguson
In this paper we argue on the merits of theoretical simulation, a widely used technique in other areas of theoretical economics, to extending the phase diagram analysis of the Grossman’s 1972 model of investment in health capital. We argue that theoretical simulations are particularly useful when considering problems with multiple state variables. To illustrate, we perform simulations with varying assumptions of health depreciation rates and conditional survival probabilities and generate time-plots for the evolution of health capital and health investments over individual finite lifetimes.
theoretical simulation, grossman model, health capital