A single latent variable model of health status and therapeutic health care utilization is estimated for parents and own children of 6,557 US households. The equation system that identifies latent health status simultaneously determines a number of indicators of general health, including presence of morbidity symptoms, mobility limitations, medication needs, and utilization of therapeutic health care services. The main goal of the paper was to obtain an unbiased estimate of parents' marginal substitution rate between own and child health. Results indicate that parents' valuation of their children's health exceeds their valuation of own health by almost twofold on average.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics