Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 115-122

First online:

The Wealth-Health Nexus: New Global Evidence

  • Vishal Chandr JaunkyAffiliated withCentre for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich Email author 

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Using a world sample of countries, this paper re-examines the U-shaped relationship between per capita GDP (wealth) and life expectancy at birth (health). Since cross-sectional dependence across countries is detected, second-generation panel unit root and cointegration tests are employed. All the variables are found to be integrated in one order as well as cointegrated. Various quadratic specifications are also employed and the hypothesis is confirmed.


Per capita GDP Life expectancy Cross-sectional dependence Panel FMOLS


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