Joint research unit 7235

The falling sperm counts story: A limit to growth?

Thomas Seegmuller, Natacha Raffin, Johanna Etner

We develop an overlapping generations model of growth, in which agents differ through their ability to procreate. Based on epidemiological evidence, we assume that pollution is a cause of this health heterogeneity, affecting sperm quality. Nevertheless, agents with impaired fertility may incur health treatments in order to increase their chances of parenthood. In this set-up, we analyse the dynamic behaviour of the economy and characterise the situation reached in the long run. Then, we determine the optimal solution that prevails when a social planner maximises a Millian utilitarian criterion and propose a set of available economic instruments to decentralise the optimal solution. We underscore that to correct for both the externalities of pollution and the induced-health inefficiency, it is necessary to tax physical capital while it requires to overall subsidy mostly harmed agents within the economy. Hence, we argue that fighting against the sources of an altered reproductive health is more relevant than directly inciting agents to incur health treatments.

AGENDA

Monday 26 February 2024

Colloques et Workshops

9ème conférence euro-africaine et économie / Mediterranean workshop in economic theory

Monday 26 February 2024

Colloques et Workshops

9ème conférence euro-africaine et économie / Mediterranean workshop in economic theory

Monday 26 February 2024

Domino Secessions : Evidence from the US

Jean Lacroix (U Paris Saclay, RITM)

Domino Secessions : Evidence from the US

Monday 26 February 2024

Law, Institutions and Economics in Nanterre (LIEN)

Jean Lacroix (U Paris Saclay, RITM)

Domino Secessions : Evidence from the US

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Colloques et Workshops

Harcèlement moral et sexuel dans la recherche

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Colloques et Workshops

Harcèlement moral et sexuel dans la recherche

Thursday 29 February 2024

Thomas Jacquet, Amady Léchenet, Albin Salmon, Benjamin Trouvé

Nouveaux Doctorants II

Thomas Jacquet, Amady Léchenet, Albin Salmon, Benjamin Trouvé

Thursday 29 February 2024

Lunch

Nouveaux Doctorants II

Thomas Jacquet, Amady Léchenet, Albin Salmon, Benjamin Trouvé

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