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Latin American Economic Review

, 24:11

Research at the policy frontier in Latin America: Health, Education, Infrastructure and Housing and Climate Change

Abstract

The health landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean is changing quickly. The region is undergoing a demographic and epidemiological transition in which health problems are highly concentrated on noncommunicable diseases NCDs. In light of this, the region faces two main challenges: 1 develop cost-effective policies to prevent NCD risk factors, and 2 increase access to quality healthcare in a scenario in which a large share of the labor force is employed in the informal sector. This paper describes both alternative interventions to expand health insurance coverage and their trade-off with labor informality and moral hazard problems. The paper also focuses on obesity as a case example of an NCD, and emphasizes how lack of knowledge along with self-control problems would lead people to make suboptimal decisions related to food consumption, which may later manifest in obesity problems.

KeywordsNoncommunicable diseases Obesity Health insurance JEL ClassificationI12 I13 I18  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Maria Victoria Anauati - Sebastian Galiani - Federico Weinschelbaum

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