The life-and-death implications of globalization.

Author: 
Wei SJ; Wu Y
Source: 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2002 Nov 8. 33 p.
Abstract: 

As an alternative to examining the effect of trade openness on economic growth, this paper investigates the connection between openness and a society’s health status. There are a number of advantages with this approach, including a more direct link with welfare and a more comparable data definition across countries. We report several pieces of evidence suggesting that higher trade openness (especially when measured by a lower tariff rate) is associated with a longer life expectancy and a lower infant mortality. On the other hand, financial openness does not seem to help promote better health. (author's)

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Document Number: 
181639
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