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The role of education in health system performance

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  • Grignon, Michel

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I investigate the role of education on health, using country-level data and the production frontier framework suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) to assess performances of health care systems. I find that the impact of human capital on health is much smaller than suggested by the WHO frontier model, and the relationship exhibits diminishing return in the observed range of education. Taking into account the heterogeneity in this relationship generates a different ranking of the efficiency of health care systems internationally. This suggests that the method currently used by the WHO favors health care systems operating in countries that underinvested in education in the past.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

Volume (Year): 27 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 299-307

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:27:y:2008:i:3:p:299-307

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  1. Eide, Eric R. & Showalter, Mark H., 2011. "Estimating the relation between health and education: What do we know and what do we need to know?," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(5), pages 778-791, October.
  2. Grignon, Michel & Jusot, Florence, 2008. "Commentaire sur l’article de G. Menvielle et al. «Evolution temporelle des inégalités sociales de mortalité en France entre 1968 et 1996. Etude en fonction du niveau d’études par cause de dé," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/459, Paris Dauphine University.

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