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Economic policy, does It help life expectancy? an african evidence of the role of economic policy on longevity

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This paper evaluates some factors that affect longevity in Africa, with the aim of offering an insight on how government economic policy and consumption spending affect the lives of people in developing countries. Government economic policy was found to be contributing in a negative manner to life expectancy in the countries in our sample. It was also found that apathy between the civil service (the embodiment of institutions) and political office holders to be the greatest stumbling block against the success of governmental economic policy, this creates a hole in institutions since they remain the pipe through which revenue is disbursed and policies are implemented for the general good of the populace. After interacting institution with economic policy economic policy had significant effect on life expectancy it was likely that institutions were either circumvented or ignored, leading to possible short comings on the overall effect that government economic policy would have had on life expectancy.

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  • Ojeaga, Paul, 2012. "Economic policy, does It help life expectancy? an african evidence of the role of economic policy on longevity," MPRA Paper 40199, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Paul I. Ojeaga & Emmanuel O. George & Oluwatoyin Mathew & Adetunji Adekola, 2016. "What does FDI inflow mean for emerging african economies? Measuring the regional effects of FDI in Africa," Computational Methods in Social Sciences (CMSS), "Nicolae Titulescu" University of Bucharest, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 4(1), pages 29-46, June.
    2. George, Emmanuel & Ojeaga, Paul & Adekola, Adetunji & Matthews, Oluwatoyin, 2015. "What Does FDI Inflow Mean For Emerging African Economies? Measuring the Regional Effects of FDI in Africa," MPRA Paper 62195, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Alege P.O. & George E.O. & Ojeaga P.I. & Oluwatimiro Q., 2015. "Is Africa’s current growth reducing inequality? Evidence from some selected african countries," Computational Methods in Social Sciences (CMSS), "Nicolae Titulescu" University of Bucharest, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 3(1), pages 49-67, June.
    4. Ojeaga, Paul & Odejimi, Deborah, 2015. "Electoral Violence and Nigeria Economic Prospects: A Glimpse of 2015 Elections," MPRA Paper 71045, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 05 Aug 2015.

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    Keywords

    Corruption; life expectancy; economic policy; institutions; government spending;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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