Health Investment and Economic Output in Regional China

Gang Chen, Brett Inder, Bruce Hollingsworth

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    Abstract

    Using a 29-year (1978-2006) panel of provincial-level data from China, this article investigates the role of health capital in a human capital model of economic output. Robust evidence is found through panel cointegration analysis that health capital has a significant and positive effect on the Gross Regional Product in China; the effect being stronger in the inland regions compared to the coastal areas based on estimates that account for regional heterogeneity. This article highlights and discusses the potential role of diminishing returns to health investment in this globally important area. (JEL I15, R11, C23)

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)261-274
    Number of pages14
    JournalCONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC POLICY
    Volume32
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

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