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LECTURE 1: Introduction and Overview
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What do we mean by “the economics of health improvement in developing countries?”
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(1.) Where is ‘premature’ death occurring in the world? •What is ‘premature’ death?
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(1.) Where is ‘premature’ death occurring in the world? •What is ‘premature’ death? •Death before life expectancy in wealthy countries? •Death before life expectancy in one’s own country? In one’s own socio-economic group? •Technologically-preventable death? •Etc •No easy answers (and different disciplines can give different answers) Black, Morris, and Bryce (2003): Where is child death occurring?
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Child Deaths (under age 5) in 2000 (each dot represents 5,000 deaths)
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Big level differences, but most parts of the world moving in the right direction(?)
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(2.) Why is ‘premature’ death occurring (i.e., what is causing it)?
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(2.) Why is ‘premature’ death occurring (i.e., what is causing it)? •Proximate vs. distal causes? •Why are we focusing only on death and not disease/illness generally?
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(2.) Why is ‘premature’ death occurring (i.e., what is causing it)? •Proximate vs. distal causes? •Immediate causes (a specific disease) vs. more distant causes (poverty, health service or technology not available, corruption in the supply chain, etc.) •Why are we focusing only on death and not disease/illness generally? •More readily available through vital registries (although under-
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