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Progress in Health around the World

  • David Canning

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    (Harvard School of Public Health)

Health is a key component of human development. This paper looks at how health is measured, and the convergence of health across countries. We argue that health measures should account for illness as well as mortality, but in practice life expectancy as a reasonably proxy for population health. While health is improving we see two distinct groups of countries in the data, clustering around different long run steady states. Many countries have experienced large health gains without prior income gains and in countries not affected by HIV/AIDS the last 40 years have been a success story in terms of health.

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Paper provided by Program on the Global Demography of Aging in its series PGDA Working Papers with number 8011.

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