International Medical Technology Diffusion
Posted: 7 Jun 2007
Does medical technology generated in frontier countries have a significant impact on health outcomes in the rest of the world? This paper considers a framework where non-frontier countries may benefit from medical innovation that is embodied in medical imports or diffuses in the form of ideas. Using a novel dataset from a cross-section of 63 technology-importing countries, we show that medical technology diffusion is an important contributor to improved health status, as measured by life expectancy and mortality rates.
Keywords: International technology diffusion, life expectancy, medical imports, medical students
JEL Classification: O30, O40
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