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Health and Economic Development: Evidence from the Introduction of Public Health Care

  • Strittmatter, Anthony

    ()

    (University of St. Gallen)

  • Sunde, Uwe

    ()

    (University of Munich)

This paper investigates the causal effect of changes in health on economic development using a long panel of European countries. Identification is based on the particular timing of the introduction of public health care systems in different countries, which is the random outcome of a political process. We document that the introduction of public health care systems had a significant immediate effect on the dynamics of infant mortality and crude death rates. The findings suggest that a reduction in infant mortality or crude death rates exhibited a positive effect on growth in income per capita and increased population growth.

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Length: 55 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2013, 26 (4), 1549-1584
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