The Effect of Population Health on Foreign Direct Investment

27 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2004 Last revised: 30 Aug 2009

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Marcella Alsan

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

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

Date Written: June 2004

Abstract

We conduct a panel data analysis of 74 countries over 1980 2000 to investigate whether population health affects foreign direct investment inflows. Our main finding is that health has a positive and significant effect on such inflows for low- and middle-income countries. This finding is consistent with the view that health is an integral component of human capital in developing countries.

Suggested Citation

Alsan, Marcella and Bloom, David E. and Canning, David, The Effect of Population Health on Foreign Direct Investment (June 2004). NBER Working Paper No. w10596, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=559246

Marcella Alsan

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David Canning

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