Is Trade Good for Your Health?
Hamilton College Working Paper No. 01-09
25 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2001
Date Written: November 2001
We use a panel of 139 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 average life expectancies, especially in developing countries. There is some preliminary evidence suggesting that part, but not all, of the positive association between openness and health may result from more open economies receiving more development aid.
Keywords: health, international trade, infant mortality, life expectancy, human capital
JEL Classification: F49, I12, O11, O19
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