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

Anthony Strittmatter () and Uwe Sunde ()

No 1132, Economics Working Paper Series from University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science

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: Mortality; Economic Development; Growth; Public Health Care. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 J10 O11 N13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 56 pages
Date: 2011-08
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-fdg and nep-hea
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