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The Impact of Economic Growth on the Prevalence of Health Problems in Latin America

  • Maikol Elizondo-Lara
  • Mariano RojasEmail author
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Abstract

Economic growth has been considered as a positive factor because it is associated, in the mid-run, to greater income levels. However, economic growth may demand fundamental personal and social changes which may threaten people’s well-being. This chapter studies the impact of economic growth on the prevalence of health problems in Latin America; it finds that economic growth is associated to a negative impact on people’s well-being.

Keywords

Happiness Health problems Economic growth Latin America 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Astra ZenecaFLACSO-México and UPAEPMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.FLACSO-México and UPAEPMexico CityMexico

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