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Health and Economic Development - Evidence from the Introduction of Public Health Care

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  • Strittmatter, Anthony

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  • Sunde, Uwe

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This paper investigates the causal effect of changes in health on economic development using a long panel of European countries. Identification is based on the particular timing of the introduction of public health care systems in different countries, which is the random outcome of a political process. We document that the introduction of public health care systems had a significant immediate effect on the dynamics of infant mortality and crude death rates. The findings suggest that a reduction in infant mortality or crude death rates exhibited a positive effect on growth in income per capita and increased population growth.

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Paper provided by University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science in its series Economics Working Paper Series with number 1132.

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Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:usg:econwp:2011:32

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Keywords: Mortality; Economic Development; Growth; Public Health Care.;

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