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


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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
URL https://watermark.silverchair.com/ueaa061.pdf?token=AQECAHi208BE49Ooan9kkhW_Ercy7Dm3ZL_9Cf3qfKAc485ysgAAAr0wggK5BgkqhkiG9w0BBwagggKqMIICpgIBADCCAp8GCSqGSIb3DQEHATAeBglghkgBZQMEAS4wEQQMNzTuKUK56QwTIUtvAgEQgIICcIaCFHBwMB6tBEQnu-e-BDK1EmpKQ3alW7EzOTqLkYEuy7pAfQ4JhkojLRN1VnJwSJ3GWPz41NIgH7HKAi1alIsMKSyH4Fd1ywqm-mtr3whDNVakxt72BxVMI52I0MKN9JknbNcmdSuU1IB90RXWNSIyBJALoZBtBVsCjXC5stqyg1Db0tfKmqgifQ7tW1BEV0BavW0hdIiVS9wT-MNL4KTM2g0W5NefPtBVRdhAcx5CCdYpOxraCO3nPFch6_s53HU4gjD0DrhunxJtl4HmUsF0-y03Fdb2PWRt
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/ej/ueaa061
Open Access N

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