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Health as a factor in regional economic development

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  • Malmberg, Bo

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    (Institute for Futures Studies)

  • Andersson, Eva

    (Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF))

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    Is health a forgotten factor in regional economic development? The health or ill health of the European workforce is a crucial issue as the share of old age people as well as the mean age increases. A second reason for this paper is the increased interest in the relation between health and productivity of businesses. Ill health might in this respect be a factor of severe disadvantage for regions to improve their economic performance. A third motive is policy considerations; policies directed to reduce ill health could be considered as an important tool in regional development. In order to explore health as a factor for regional economic development in Sweden we used regional as well as micro level data. The results consistently highlight health as an important determinant of regional economic performance. It is first revealed through a strong correlation in regional data between health levels and economic performance. Healthy municipalities generally have a stronger local economy than those characterised by ill health. In addition a negative effect of ill health is demonstrated in Swedish micro data. In case of sickness in our control group, both the individuals themselves, their spouses, children and colleagues are negatively affected.

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    Paper provided by Institute for Futures Studies in its series Arbetsrapport with number 2006:4.

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    Length: 34 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifswps:2006_004

    Note: ISSN 1652-120X; ISBN 13:978-91-89655-87-4; ISBN 10:91-89655-87-7
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    Keywords: health; regional economic development; Sweden; sickness benefit; unemployment;

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