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Ethical and Economic Perspectives on Global Health Interventions

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  • Bhalotra, Sonia R.

    (University of Bristol)

  • Pogge, Thomas

    (Yale University)

Abstract

Interventions that improve childhood health directly improve the quality of life and, in addition, have multiplier effects, producing sustained population and economic gains in poor countries. We suggest how contemporary global institutions shaping the development, pricing and distribution of vaccines and drugs may be modified to deliver large improvements in health. To support a justice argument for such modification, we show how the current global economic order may contribute to perpetuating poverty and poor health in less-developed countries.

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  • Bhalotra, Sonia R. & Pogge, Thomas, 2012. "Ethical and Economic Perspectives on Global Health Interventions," IZA Policy Papers 38, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    disease-poverty trap; infant mortality; mother-child transmission of health; globalization; patents; justice; Health Impact Fund;
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    JEL classification:

    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy

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