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Title:Interrelationships among health, environment quality, and economic activity: What consequences for economic convergence? PDF Logo
Authors:Drabo, Alassane
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2011,34
Abstract:This paper examines the link between health indicators, environmental variables, and economic development, and the consequences of this relationship on economic convergence. In the early stage of economic development, the gain from income growth could be cancelled or mitigated by environmental degradation through health (and other channels), and create a vicious circle in economic activity unlike in developed countries. This in turn could slow down economic convergence. We found through an econometric analysis that environmental degradation affects economic activity negatively and reduces the ability of poor countries to reach developed ones economically.
Subjects:environmental quality
health indicator
income growth
economic convergence
speed of convergence
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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