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Health, Education and human capital formation in developing economies

Rosalia Vazquez Alvarez & Taghreed Adam

abstract Joint project with Dr. Taghreed Adam, MD, PhD from the Health Systems Financing Department at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. The project builds on empirically-based life-cycle founded models in developing a framework to capture the effect of health financing interventions on human capital formation and growth. The initial phases of the project provides the foundation for the development of an empirically implementable model that aims to understand the effect of public health and educational policies on economic and social outcomes (e.g., human capital formation, education investment, inequality) in the third world economies that are subject to adverse health conditions (e.g., HIV/AIDS, malaria or TB). This first working paper draws from the GE-OLG macro-economic model by Bell, Devarajan and Gersbach (2003, 2006) to provide a micro-econometric foundation to human capital formation. The first application deals with the Kagera Development and Heath Survey (Kagera Region, Tanzania) and we are in the process of considering the application of the model to the South African Economy. First working paper: A life-cycle model of human capital formation and educational choices in developing economies. The intention of this ongoing project is to provide alternative tools to existing macroeconomic methods for the analysis of policy options in third world economies, using existing micro-economic data sources (both cross-sections and panel data)
   
keywords Human capital formation, Health shocks, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB, Educational choices, Life-cycle models, Sub-Saharan Economies, investment under stochastic shocks.
   
partner Dr. Taghreed Adam, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland
type applied research project
status ongoing
start of project 2007
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topics Health Economics, Education, Applied Econometrics, Applied Policy analysis.
methods Theoretical development of micro-founded life-cycle models, Applied econometrics at the micro-economic level to panel data.
contact Rosalia Vazquez-Alvarez