The life-and-death implications of globalization.

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

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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