Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/146304
Authors: 
Bloom, David E.
Kuhn, Michael
Prettner, Klaus
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Hohenheim Discussion Papers in Business, Economics and Social Sciences 11-2016
Abstract: 
We analyze the economic consequences for less developed countries of investing in female health. We do this through developing and calibrating a novel micro-founded dynamic general equilibrium model in which parents trade off the number of children against investments in their education and in which we allow for health-related gender differences in productivity. We show that better female health speeds up the demographic transition and thereby the take-off toward sustained economic growth. By contrast, male health improvements delay the transition and take-off because ceteris paribus they raise fertility. Investing in female health is therefore a potent lever for promoting development.
Subjects: 
economic development
educational transition
female health
fertility transition
quality-quantity trade-off
JEL: 
O11
I15
I25
J13
J16
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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