Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Better Health But With Greater Income Gaps: The Many Faces Of Globalization

Date:
November 11, 2009
Source:
The Swedish Research Council
Summary:
Globalization can lead to better health but also to increased income inequality, depending on what kind of globalization we are talking about. Economists have studied the connections between inequality, globalization, and health.

Globalization can lead to better health but also to increased income inequality, depending on what kind of globalization we are talking about. Economist Therese Nilsson, Lund University School of Economics and Management in Sweden, has studied the connections between inequality, globalization, and health.

Related Articles


Countries are opening their borders more and more, and globalization has long been a buzzword. But globalization comes in many guises. Therese Nilsson has studied whether social, economic, and political globalization have an impact on health in different countries over time.

Economic globalization measures how much countries trade with each other and how much they invest directly in other countries, for instance. The social aspect is about how many people use the Internet, tourism, how many mass media outlets there are, how many McDonald's and Ikeas are established -- in other words, a measure of how much people in different countries interact and of cultural accord. The political side focuses on whether countries are members of the UN Security Council, the IMF, the World Bank, and how many foreign embassies there are in a country.

Looking at these different facets of globalization in relation to life expectancy is a field that few economists have studied in the past.

"The study that is co-authored with economist Andreas Bergh shows that economic globalization increases life expectancy. The positive effect is found in both high- and low-income countries that have chosen to become more globalized. Trade, which provides us with access to a broader variety of goods, but also education and the number of physicians may be some factors through which globalization can affect health," says Therese Nilsson.

"On the other hand, there are no health effects from social globalization. We can speculate that this globalization, including access to the Internet, should lead to enhanced knowledge that would improve people's health, but when people congregate it may also be that diseases such as HIV/AIDS spread more easily. These two effects may cancel each other out."

The dissertation, Inequality, Globalization and Health, consists of four sections that treat the above-mentioned subjects from different perspectives. The data studied deal with 90 countries all over the world over the time-period 1970-2005.

The researcher also shows that liberalization and globalization can increase the economic gaps in some societies.

"Trade liberalization has a tendency to heighten income inequality in high-income countries, as do social globalization. On the other hand, the study does not indicate that income distribution in a country changes by other forms of liberalization and globalization. This is interesting, because other studies have shown that the level of economic prosperity in countries is improved by those factors."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by The Swedish Research Council. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

The Swedish Research Council. "Better Health But With Greater Income Gaps: The Many Faces Of Globalization." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 November 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091111121545.htm>.
The Swedish Research Council. (2009, November 11). Better Health But With Greater Income Gaps: The Many Faces Of Globalization. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091111121545.htm
The Swedish Research Council. "Better Health But With Greater Income Gaps: The Many Faces Of Globalization." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091111121545.htm (accessed December 17, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

UN: Up to One Million Facing Hunger in Ebola-Hit Countries

UN: Up to One Million Facing Hunger in Ebola-Hit Countries

AFP (Dec. 17, 2014) Border closures, quarantines and crop losses in West African nations battling the Ebola virus could lead to as many as one million people going hungry, UN food agencies said on Wednesday. Duration: 00:52 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
When You Lose Weight, This Is Where The Fat Goes

When You Lose Weight, This Is Where The Fat Goes

Newsy (Dec. 17, 2014) Can fat disappear into thin air? New research finds that during weight loss, over 80 percent of a person's fat molecules escape through the lungs. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Flu Outbreak Closing Schools in Ohio

Flu Outbreak Closing Schools in Ohio

AP (Dec. 17, 2014) A wave of flu illnesses has forced some Ohio schools to shut down over the past week. State officials confirmed one pediatric flu-related death, a 15-year-old girl in southern Ohio. (Dec. 17) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Feeling Young Might Mean A Longer Life Span

Feeling Young Might Mean A Longer Life Span

Newsy (Dec. 16, 2014) A study published in JAMA shows that people who feel younger than their chronological age might actually live longer than those who feel old. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins