Disease and Development Revisited

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David E. Bloom

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

David Canning

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Günther Fink

Harvard University - Department of Population and International Health

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Date Written: July 2009

Abstract

In a recent paper, Acemoglu and Johnson (2007) argue that the large increases in population health witnessed in the 20th century may have lowered income levels. We argue that this result depends crucially on their assumption that initial health and income do not affect subsequent economic growth. Using their data we reject this assumption in favor of a model of conditional convergence, with income adjusting to its steady state over time. We show that, allowing for conditional convergence, exogenous improvements in health due to technical advances associated with the epidemiological transition appear to have increased income levels.

Suggested Citation

Bloom, David E. and Canning, David and Fink, Günther, Disease and Development Revisited (July 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w15137, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1434651

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David Canning

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Günther Fink

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