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Barriers to Prosperity: Parasitic and Infectious Diseases, IQ and Economic Development

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  • Jakob B Madsen

IQ scores differ substantially across nations. This study argues that cross-country variations in IQ scores, to a large extent, reflect the burden of parasitic and infectious diseases (PID) and iron and iodine deficiency (IID) in infancy and in utero. Furthermore, it is shown that the prevalence of health insults, through the channel of cognitive ability, is influential for the level as well as the growth in productivity across the world. Using data for 115 countries and an instrumental variable approach, regressions reveal that the prevalence of PID-IIDs is influential for growth and income inequalities globally. Furthermore, the exclusion restriction in this paper is found to hold up against the institutional hypothesis of income inequality.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number 01-15.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2015
Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2015-01
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