Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/91778
Authors: 
Bloom, David E.
Fink, Günther
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Policy Paper 57
Abstract: 
The world has enjoyed huge improvements in population health during the last half century. But major health problems persist, particularly in tropical countries, which are still struggling with infectious diseases while increasingly having to deal with noncommunicable diseases. Several classic arguments for public spending on health have buttressed governments' efforts to improve health. These efforts have now been further spurred by new economic arguments that better population health may promote economic well-being – via beneficial changes in labor productivity, education, and investment, and through demographic change. The economic consequences of improved health can be large, but realizing them depends on the policies adopted in myriad other arenas.
Subjects: 
investment in health
labor productivity
education
demographic change
health gaps
JEL: 
I15
I14
I18
H51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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