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Aspectos teóricos sobre la salud como determinante del crecimiento económico


  • Juan Miguel Gallego



The new theories of economic growth and developments in health economics have both suggested a reciprocal relationship between health and growth. Questions such as the contribution of health to growth are recent in the research agenda of economists. The challenge lies in uniting these two research efforts and building a theory that includes health as a determinant factor of growth. This document is a theoretical synthesis. It pretends to show the advances achieved by health economics in building a notion of health capital. It also seeks to address why research has been largely absent from this topic, how this notion can fit into a proposal for economic growth, and what is the main model developed. This paper reviews the theoretical contributions of Mushkin (1962), Grossman (1972 and 1999), Barro (1996) and Sen (1999). ************************************************************************* Las nuevas teorías del crecimiento económico y los desarrollos en la economía de la salud han planteado, de forma paralela, una relación recíproca entre la salud y el crecimiento. Interrogantes como: ¿cuáles son los aportes de la salud al crecimiento económico? Son recientes en la agenda de investigación. El reto esta en unir estos esfuerzos y construir un cuerpo teórico que incluya a la salud como un determinante del crecimiento. Este documento es una síntesis teórica que muestra los aportes de la economía de la salud por construir una noción de capital salud, por qué la investigación ha estado ausente en este tema de estudio, cómo esta noción puede ser encajada en la propuesta del crecimiento económico y cuál es el principal modelo desarrollado. Se revisa los aportes de Mushkin (1962), Grossman (1972 y 1999), Barro (1996) y Sen (1999).

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  • Juan Miguel Gallego, 2000. "Aspectos teóricos sobre la salud como determinante del crecimiento económico," Borradores de Investigación 002029, Universidad del Rosario.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000091:002029

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    1. Zakir Husain & Mousumi Dutta & Nidhi Chowdhary, 2014. "Is Health Wealth? Results of a Panel Data Analysis," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 117(1), pages 121-143, May.

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