Starjournal Quotation Bloom, David E., Kuhn, Michael, Prettner, Klaus. 2020. The contribution of female health to economic development. Economic Journal. 130 1650-1677.




We analyse the economic consequences for poor countries of investing in female health within a unified growth model featuring health-related gender differences in productivity. Better female health accelerates the demographic transition and thereby the take-off towards sustained economic growth. By contrast, male health improvements delay the transition and take-off because they tend to raise fertility. However, households tend to prefer male health improvements over female health improvements because they imply a larger static utility gain. This highlights the existence of a dynamic trade-off between the short-run interests of households and long-run development goals.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Economic Journal
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A+
Starjournal Y
Language English
Title The contribution of female health to economic development
Volume 130
Year 2020
Page from 1650
Page to 1677
Reviewed? Y
Open Access N


Prettner, Klaus (Details)
Bloom, David E. (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, United States/USA)
Kuhn, Michael (Vienna Institute of Demography, Austria)
Department of Economics (Crespo Cuaresma) (Details)
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