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HEALTH, EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH: TESTING FOR LONG-RUN RELATIONSHIPS AND CAUSAL LINKS in the United States

  • Aka, Bédia F.

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  • Dumont, J.C.
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    This paper examines the causal relationships between human capital (Education, and Health) and Economic growth for the USA using time series approach for the period 1929-1997. We find cointegration between the variables under study. The EC-VAR investigations show bi-directional causality between Education and Health. Causality also exists from Education to Economic growth. On the other hand, causality is found between Health and Economic growth and not the reverse. We therefore perform variance decomposition and impulse response functions to see the importance of the impacts among these variables. The results show that the long-run dynamics of growth are slightly explained by past health and education level, and the health level account for 10% of the evolution of education in the long run.

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    Article provided by Euro-American Association of Economic Development in its journal Applied Econometrics and International Development.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 101-110

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