Wealth from Health: Linking Social Investments to Earnings in Latin America

Jan 2000
Savedoff, William D.;Schultz, T. Paul
Common sense suggests that healthier people are more productive and wealthier people can obtain things that make them healthier. This book asks whether investments in health also affect productivity and how public policy can influence this relationship. These questions are probed through a series of Latin American case studies, using household survey data on individuals to analyze the relationships between efforts to improve health on the one hand, and the potential impact of health status on individual hourly earnings on the other. By analyzing these relationships together- health determinants and the impact of health on earnings- it becomes possible to assess the effectiveness of particular strategies for improving health status and to see the critical importance of health as a component of "human capital".