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Impact on economic growth of investing in maternal–newborn health

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Authors:
Wilhelmson, Karl / Gerdtham, Ulf-G.

cover Impact on economic growth of investing in maternal–newborn health

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Number of pages: 32
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
ISBN: 92 4 159450 0 - Web only

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The aim of this paper is to provide a systematic review of the evidence of the impact on economic growth of investments in maternal–newborn health (MNH). The methodology used for the review includes a systematic search for published literature in relevant electronic databases.

In the paper, we review five studies: four empirical and one theoretical. One of the empirical papers measures health by infant mortality. The study finds that a 1/1000-point reduction in the infant mortality rate leads to an increase in the level of State Domestic Product by Indian Rs 2.70 and an increase in the average growth rate per year of 0.145%.

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