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Health and Economic Growth

David E. Bloom (), Michael Kuhn and Klaus Prettner ()
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David E. Bloom: Harvard University

No 11939, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: The positive cross-country correlation between health and economic growth is well-established, but the underlying mechanisms are complex and difficult to discern. Three issues are of central concern. First, assessing and disentangling causality between health and economic growth is empirically challenging. Second, the relation between health and economic growth changes over the process of economic development. Third, different dimensions of health (mortality vs. morbidity, children's and women's health, and health at older ages) may have different economic effects.

Keywords: economic well-being; economic development; poverty traps; productivity; health; longevity; living standards; neoclassical and R&D-based growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 J13 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-gro and nep-hea
Date: 2018-11
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