Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Sets Up High-Level Commission to Study the Links between Health and Economic Growth

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Sets Up High-Level Commission to Study the Links between Health and Economic Growth

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Fifteen leading economists and economic policy-makers are to spend two years studying the links between health improvement and economic growth, as part of the new drive of WHO to reduce global poverty by targeting health improvements for the world's poorest individuals.

The Commission on Macroeconomics and Health was launched in mid-January by Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of WHO. It will be chaired by Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Institute for International Development at Harvard University in Boston. It includes finance ministers and other senior policy-makers from countries such as Chile, India and Thailand. Other economists on the panel include Robert Fogel of the Center for Population Economics at the University of Chicago, Daniel Cohen of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and Anne Mills of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Increasingly, research has shown a relationship between certain broad health indicators, such as life expectancy, and countries' economic performance. However, more work is needed to clarify the precise nature of the relationship. …

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