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Health and Economic Development: Evidence from the Introduction of Public Health Care

Anthony Strittmatter () and Uwe Sunde ()

No 5901, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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.

Keywords: public health care; economic development; growth; mortality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 J10 O11 N13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 55 pages
Date: 2011-08
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Published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2013, 26 (4), 1549-1584

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