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Os impactos da saúde sobre o crescimento econômico na década de 90: uma análise para os estados brasileiros


  • Lízia de Figueiredo


  • Kenya Valeria Noronha


  • Mônica Viegas Andrade



This paper aims to test the relationship between health and per capita economic growth. Two main causalities were discussed: if health would directly increase labor productivity or if it would, indirectly, intensify the positive effect of education on growth. A better health status could decrease the depreciation of human capital, proxied by education. We run two basic specifications: the first one include the mortality rate as the proxy for health together with traditional variables usually discussed in the economic growth literature; the second one include interaction terms to capture the indirect effects of health. Our main results indicate that health spurs growth specially trough the indirect effect on economic growth.

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  • Lízia de Figueiredo & Kenya Valeria Noronha & Mônica Viegas Andrade, 2003. "Os impactos da saúde sobre o crescimento econômico na década de 90: uma análise para os estados brasileiros," Textos para Discussão Cedeplar-UFMG td219, Cedeplar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdp:texdis:td219

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    economic growth; health; child mortality;

    JEL classification:

    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General

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