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The impact of poor health on factor productivity: an empirical investigation

Cole, Matthew A. and Neumayer, Eric (2006) The impact of poor health on factor productivity: an empirical investigation. Journal of Development Studies, 42 (6). pp. 918-938. ISSN 0022-0388

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00220380600774681


A number of recent studies have illustrated the link between health and economic growth. This paper argues that a key mechanism through which health affects growth is via total factor productivity (TFP). We first estimate TFP based on a production function and then estimate the determinants of TFP, paying particular attention to three indicators of health that are particularly problematic in developing regions: malnutrition, malaria and water borne diseases. We find the impact of poor health on TFP to be negative, significant, and robust across a wide variety of specifications.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Taylor & Francis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2008 15:36
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2012 10:03

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