The Health and Wealth of Nations

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Science  18 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5456, pp. 1207-1209
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5456.1207

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Empirical studies show that health improvements provide a significant boost to economic growth in developing countries. This leads to the view that health, like education, is a fundamental component of human capital, and suggests the notion of health-led growth. Better health leads to higher income, but there is also a positive feedback effect, giving rise to a beneficial situation where health and income improvements are mutually reinforcing.