Are health factors important for regional growth and convergence? An empirical analysis for the Portuguese districts
AbstractThe aim of this study is to analyze the impact of health factors on economic growth and convergence across the Portuguese regions at the district level. Like education, health factors could be important for explaining the growth performance of regions through the increase in labour productivity. Therefore, human capital can be seen in a broader perspective encompassing not only educational qualifications but also health conditions. Although this is not a new idea, empirical evidence at a regional level is not robust supporting this issue, with few exceptions. With this study we try to fill this gap and bring additional evidence of the relevance of health on regional growth considering the Portuguese districts. We employ a panel data approach for the period 1996-2006 taking into account specific regional differences. We also analyze whether there are differences between the littoral (coastal) and the interior (in-land) districts in what concerns health conditions and how they affect their convergence process.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra in its series GEMF Working Papers with number 2011-14.
Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Publication status: Published in International Journal of Public Policy 9(1/2): 44-64, 2013.
: Regional growth; health and human capital; panel data.;
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- Ana PoÃ§as & Elias Soukiazis, 2013. "Are health factors important for regional growth and convergence? An empirical analysis for the Portuguese districts," International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 9(1/2), pages 44-64.
- I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development
- R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
- O18 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-09-22 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2011-09-22 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-EFF-2011-09-22 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-GEO-2011-09-22 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-HEA-2011-09-22 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2011-09-22 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-URE-2011-09-22 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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