• Does investing in health raise economic growth?
• Can governments achieve rapid growth or high incomes without
investing in health?
• What are the options and benefits of different analytic
approaches to measuring the causal link between health and
• Have medical advances influenced life expectancy levels?
• Do health investments lead to higher individual
• Why are investments in early childhood development and nutrition
• How do governments invest in improving health status?
• Where should governments invest in health to improve the welfare
and health status of the population?
• What are the pitfalls in public health care provision and
• How can public investments raise health status and household
This book has been prepared for the Commission on Growth and
Development to evaluate the state of knowledge on the relationship
between health and economic growth. It does not pretend to provide
all the answers, but it does review the evidence as well as
identify insights and policy levers to help countries pinpoint
critical health investments that can enhance and strengthen
national growth strategies. It examines a variety of topics
including policy imperatives in assessing the benefits of health
investments, the methodological challenges in measuring the link
between health and economic growth at the macroeconomic level, and
the nature of the evidence on the types and timing of interventions
that promote health, productivity, and earnings.
Written by prominent academics in their fields, 'Health and Growth'
seeks to create a better understanding of the role of health
investments in growth and to inform policy makers of the benefi ts
and pitfalls of alternative scenarios.