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Ethical and Economic Perspectives on Global Health Interventions

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  • Sonia Bhalotra
  • Thomas Pogge

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Interventions that improve childhood health directly improve the quality of life and, in addition, have multiplier effects, producing sustained population and economic gains in poor countries. We suggest how contemporary global institutions shaping the development, pricing and distribution of vaccines and drugs may be modified to deliver large improvements in health. To support a justice argument for such modification, we show how the current global economic order may contribute to perpetuating poverty and poor health in less-developed countries.

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  • Sonia Bhalotra & Thomas Pogge, 2012. "Ethical and Economic Perspectives on Global Health Interventions," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 12/286, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
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    Keywords

    disease-poverty trap; infant mortality; mother-child transmission of health; globalization; patents; justice; Health Impact Fund;

    JEL classification:

    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy

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