Is Trade Good for Your Health?

23 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2007

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Ann L. Owen

Hamilton College - Economics Department

Stephen Wu

Hamilton College - Economics Department

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Abstract

We use a panel of 219 countries to examine the relationship between a country's openness to international trade and several health outcomes and find that, in general, increased openness is associated with lower rates of infant mortality and higher life expectancies, especially in developing countries. We find evidence suggesting that some of the positive correlation between trade and health can be attributed to knowledge spillovers. In addition, openness is associated with sound economic policies which themselves are related to better health outcomes.

Suggested Citation

Owen, Ann L. and Wu, Stephen, Is Trade Good for Your Health?. Review of International Economics, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 660-682, September 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1009899 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9396.2007.00677.x

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