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The engine and the reaper: industrialization and mortality in late nineteenth century Japan

Tang, John P


Economic development improves long-run health outcomes through access to medical treatment, sanitation, and higher income. Short run impacts, however, may be ambiguous given disease exposure from market integration. Using a panel dataset of Japanese vital statistics and multiple estimation methods, I find that railroad network expansion is associated with a six percent increase in gross mortality rates among newly integrated regions. Communicable diseases accounted for most of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017-12
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of health economics
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2017.09.004


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