Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51576
Authors: 
Strittmatter, Anthony
Sunde, Uwe
Year of Publication: 
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
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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