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The contribution of increased life expectancy to economic development in twentieth century Japan

Hickson, Kerry Jane (2009) The contribution of increased life expectancy to economic development in twentieth century Japan. Journal of Asian Economics, 20 (4). pp. 489-504. ISSN 1049-0078

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.asieco.2009.04.006


This paper estimates the value of improved health in Japan over the twentieth century. By valuing the decline in the death rate and appending this to existing measures of GDP per capita it is possible to calculate health augmented GDP per capita growth and generate original results about the monetary value of improved life expectancy over the twentieth century in Japan. The findings of the paper indicate that this is a pertinent exercise because GDP per capita growth approximately doubles when it is extended to include increases in the life expectancy of the population of Japan. These results also provide a justification for the increase in health care service spending that was evident at the close of the twentieth century.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2008 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H51 - Government Expenditures and Health
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I12 - Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J17 - Value of Life; Forgone Income
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2010 12:43
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 04:19

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