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Title:Endemic diseases and development
Editors:Ajakaiye, OluISNI
Audibert, MartineISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 0963-8024)
Issue:3 Supplement
Period:Supplement 3 (November)
Geographic term:Africa
economic development
conference papers (form)
External link:https://academic.oup.com/jae/issue/19/suppl_3
Abstract:Poor health and endemic diseases may constitute a barrier to growth in Africa. However, the connections between health and economic development are controversial. The papers in this volume - which were presented at the December 2008 Plenary Session of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) - deal with this issue and discuss the different channels by which diseases affect the economy and how adequate policy may improve health. There are several unresolved questions including appropriate measurement of health indicators, problems of reverse causality and specific pathways through which health contributes to economic growth and vice versa, issues relating to whether and when it is appropriate to consider health as an exogenous or endogenous variable. The first three papers - by T. Paul Schultz, David N. Weil and Martine Audibert, respectively - discuss the role of health, and more specifically of endemic diseases, in economic development. The fourth paper, by Maureen Mackintosh and Phares G.M. Mujinja, focuses on the access to essential medicines and the role that markets play in this access. [ASC Leiden abstract]