Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 115–122 | Cite as

The Wealth-Health Nexus: New Global Evidence



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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Energy Policy and EconomicsETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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