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Title:Health and economic development: Evidence from the introduction of public health care PDF Logo
Authors:Strittmatter, Anthony
Sunde, Uwe
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5901
Abstract:This paper investigates the causal effect of changes in health on economic development using a long panel of European countries. Identification is based on the particular timing of the introduction of public health care systems in different countries, which is the random outcome of a political process. We document that the introduction of public health care systems had a significant immediate effect on the dynamics of infant mortality and crude death rates. The findings suggest that a reduction in infant mortality or crude death rates exhibited a positive effect on growth in income per capita and increased population growth.
Subjects:mortality
economic development
growth
public health care
JEL:I10
J10
O11
N13
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201108152082
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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