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Economic growth and its effect on public health


  • Nissim Ben-David


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to construct a theoretical framework for analyzing the connection between economic growth, demand for medical care, and economic health. Design/methodology/approach - The economy is composed of two sectors, one of medical care goods and the other of consumption goods. Equilibrium is defined when capital per-capita in period Findings - An equilibrium path is found for the demand for consumption and for medical care goods, per-capita level of health, capital, savings, trade balance, and net foreign assets. Research limitations/implications - The importance of the paper is in its ability to analyze the change in public health along the growth path of the economy. Practical implications - An example and a simulation are presented in order to confirm the theoretical results and demonstrate that the model can be used for empirical analysis. Originality/value - The paper constructs a connection between economic growth and health sector economic developments.

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  • Nissim Ben-David, 2009. "Economic growth and its effect on public health," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 36(3), pages 252-273, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:ijsepp:v:36:y:2009:i:3:p:252-273

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