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Food prices and health outcomes in Pacific Island countries

Gani, Azmat and Kami, Siosaia K. (2009) Food prices and health outcomes in Pacific Island countries. School of Economics, the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

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This paper investigates the effect of food prices on a number of health outcome indicators using published data for Pacific Island countries. The empirical results provide confirmation that while food prices are shown to be positively correlated with infant mortality and crude death rates, they are statistically insignificant. However, the empirical results do provide strong support that rising food prices are strongly associated with falling life expectancy. Other than food price, the results also provide strong evidence that rising incidence of diseases are associated with higher incidence of mortality among children and crude death rates and lower life expectancies. It is also confirmed that the level of immunisation matters and is strongly associated with under five mortality rates. Some policy implications are drawn.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Working Paper 2009/08.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Unnamed user with username admin
Date Deposited: 19 May 2009 23:38
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2012 02:30

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