Good for Living? On the Relationship between Globalization and Life Expectancy

Posted: 6 Dec 2013

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Andreas Bergh

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Lund University - Department of Economics

Therese Nilsson

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Lund University - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper analyzes the relationship between three dimensions (economic, social, and political) of globalization and life expectancy using a panel of 92 countries covering the 1970-2005 period. Using different estimation techniques and sample groupings, we find that economic globalization has a very robust positive effect on life expectancy, even when controlling for income, nutritional intake, literacy, number of physicians, and several other factors. The result also holds when the sample is restricted to low-income countries only. In contrast, we find that political and social globalization have no such robust effects.

Keywords: Globalization, health, life expectancy, development

JEL Classification: F02, I10, H51

Suggested Citation

Bergh, Andreas and Nilsson, Therese, Good for Living? On the Relationship between Globalization and Life Expectancy (January 1, 2010). World Development, Vol. 38, No. 9, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2363786

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