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

  • Hansen, Casper Worm

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
DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.031
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