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Health and economic development—evidence from the introduction of public health care

  • Anthony Strittmatter


  • Uwe Sunde


This paper investigates the causal effect of improvements 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 health dynamics proxied by infant mortality and crude death rates. The findings suggest that health improvements had a positive effect on growth in income per capita and aggregate income. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

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Volume (Year): 26 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 1549-1584

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:26:y:2013:i:4:p:1549-1584
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