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The relation between wealth and health: Evidence from a world panel of countries

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  • Hansen, Casper Worm

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Based on a world sample of countries, this paper presents panel data evidence that documents a U-shaped relation between GDP per capita (wealth) and life expectancy (health). The evidence also shows that excluding the possibility of a nonmonotonic relationship induces erroneous conclusions about the time-varying wealth–health correlation.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 115 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 175-176

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:2:p:175-176

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Keywords: Economic development; Life expectancy; Fixed effect estimation;

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Cited by:
  1. Dutta, Mousumi & Husain, Zakir & Chowdhary, Nidhi, 2012. "Is health wealth? Results of a panel data analysis," MPRA Paper 39953, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Vishal Jaunky, 2013. "The Wealth-Health Nexus: New Global Evidence," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 41(2), pages 115-122, June.
  3. Judith A. Clarke & Nilanjana Roy & Weichun Chen, 2012. "Health and Wealth: Short Panel Granger Causality Tests for Developing Countries," Econometrics Working Papers 1204, Department of Economics, University of Victoria.

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