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The contribution of female health to economic development

David Bloom, Michael Kuhn and Klaus Prettner ()

No 11-2016, Hohenheim Discussion Papers in Business, Economics and Social Sciences from University of Hohenheim, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

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.

Keywords: economic development; educational transition; female health; fertility transition; quality-quantity trade-off (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O11 I15 I25 J13 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-dev, nep-gro, nep-hea and nep-lab
Date: 2016
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