Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Institute for Futures Studies

No 2000:4: On the Role of Health in the Economic and Demographic Dynamics of Brazil, 1980-1995

David Mayer ()
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David Mayer: Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Postal: Carretera México-Toluca 3655, 01210 México, D.F.

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

JEL-codes: I10; O11; O47; O54

19 pages, September 2000

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Note: ISBN 91-89655-11-7

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