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