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Working Paper No. 136. Good for Living? On the Relation between Globalization and Life Expectancy

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Andreas Bergh, Företagandets villkor, Globalisering, Medellivslängd, Therese Nilsson, Utveckling
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This paper analyzes the relation between three dimensions of globalization (economic, social and political) and life expectancy using a panel of 92 countries over the period 1970-2005. Using different estimation techniques and sample groupings we find a very robust positive effect from economic globalization on life expectancy, even when controlling for income, nutritional intake, literacy, number of physicians and several other factors. The result also holds when the sample is restricted to low income countries only. For political and social globalization we find no robust effects.

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Bergh, A. & Nilsson, T. (2009). Good for Living? On the Relation between Globalization and Life Expectancy. Ratio Working Paper No. 136.

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Working Paper No. 136. Good for Living? On the Relation between Globalization and Life Expectancy
Working paperPublikation
Bergh, A. & Nilsson, T.
Publiceringsår

2009

Sammanfattning

This paper analyzes the relation between three dimensions of globalization (economic, social and political) and life expectancy using a panel of 92 countries over the period 1970-2005. Using different estimation techniques and sample groupings we find a very robust positive effect from economic globalization on life expectancy, even when controlling for income, nutritional intake, literacy, number of physicians and several other factors. The result also holds when the sample is restricted to low income countries only. For political and social globalization we find no robust effects.

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Do liberalization and globalization increase income inequality?
Article (with peer review)Publikation
Bergh, A. & Nilsson, T.
Publiceringsår

2010

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Using the Standardized World Income Inequality Database, we examine if the KOF Index of Globalization and the Economic Freedom Index of the Fraser institute are related to within-country income inequality using panel data covering around 80 countries 1970–2005. Freedom to trade internationally is robustly related to inequality, also when adding several control variables and controlling for potential endogeneity using GMM. Social globalization and deregulation is also linked to inequality. Reforms towards economic freedom seem to increase inequality mainly in rich countries, and social globalization is more important in less developed countries. Monetary reforms, legal reforms and political globalization do not increase inequality.

Do liberalization and globalization increase income inequality?
Artikel (med peer review)Publikation
Bergh, A. & Nilsson, T.
Publiceringsår

2010

Sammanfattning

Using the Standardized World Income Inequality Database, we examine if the KOF Index of Globalization and the Economic Freedom Index of the Fraser institute are related to within-country income inequality using panel data covering around 80 countries 1970–2005. Freedom to trade internationally is robustly related to inequality, also when adding several control variables and controlling for potential endogeneity using GMM. Social globalization and deregulation is also linked to inequality. Reforms towards economic freedom seem to increase inequality mainly in rich countries, and social globalization is more important in less developed countries. Monetary reforms, legal reforms and political globalization do not increase inequality.

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