Os impactos da saúde sobre o crescimento econômico na década de 90: uma análise para os estados brasileiros
Lízia de Figueiredo
Kenya Valeria Noronha
Mônica Viegas Andrade
This paper aims to test the relationship between health and per capita economic growth. Two main causalities were discussed: if health would directly increase labor productivity or if it would, indirectly, intensify the positive effect of education on growth. A better health status could decrease the depreciation of human capital, proxied by education. We run two basic specifications: the first one include the mortality rate as the proxy for health together with traditional variables usually discussed in the economic growth literature; the second one include interaction terms to capture the indirect effects of health. Our main results indicate that health spurs growth specially trough the indirect effect on economic growth.
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