Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
On the Role of Health in the Economic and Demographic Dynamics of Brazil, 1980-1995
Abstract: We conduct an integral study of the effects of health on
the economic and demographic dynamics of Brazil. Using probability of
survival by age and gender groups as health indicator, we find a complex
mosaic for the interaction of health with each of the principal aspects of
the transition - namely income, net fertility, education, and female
economic participation. The strongest effects of health on income occur
through increased education, followed by increased productivity and finally
by increased female participation. We also find that health slows the
decrease of net fertility, except for high income groups, engendering a
developmental vicious circle.
Keywords: Brazil; health; development; economic growth; demographic transition; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I10; O11; O47; O54; (follow links to similar papers)
19 pages, September 2000
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