Health and Prosperity: Efficient Health Systems for Thriving Nations in the 21st Century

  • Fabrice┬áMurtin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 144-158

About this book


Murtin examines the long-term causes of health improvements over the last two centuries. Focusing on the relative importance of income and education, Murtin finds that education alone accounts for the bulk of health improvements since 1870, and explains the strong correlation between longevity and income, which is highly correlated with education. Conversely, the book shows that progress in longevity has had dramatic consequences on societies, as it reduced fertility, triggered the spread of education, spurred economic growth, and improved 'prosperity' in a way that is comparable to the long-term rise in income. Health and Prosperity sheds light on the real cost of health systems in the 21st century.


Health economics Health improvements Education Longevity and income Fertility Economic growth accounting economic growth growth health health economics healthcare macroeconomics Malthus productivity

Authors and affiliations

  • Fabrice┬áMurtin
    • 1
  1. 1.Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)France

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