The Effects of Health Expenditures to Decrease Infant Mortality Rates in OECD Countries

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Kara F., Ersin İ.

in: Multidimensional Perspectives and Global Analysis of Universal Health Coverage, Yeter Demir Uslu,Hasan Dinçer,Serhat Yüksel, Editor, IGI GLOBAL, Pennsylvania, pp.357-383, 2020

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: IGI GLOBAL
  • City: Pennsylvania
  • Page Numbers: pp.357-383
  • Editors: Yeter Demir Uslu,Hasan Dinçer,Serhat Yüksel, Editor
  • Istanbul Gelisim University Affiliated: Yes


There is a positive relationship between the health level of the society and its economic development. The main reason is that improving quality of the lives and increasing lifetime has lead to higher economic performance. This evaluates the relationship between health expenditure and infant mortality rate in OECD countries. In the analysis process, 20 different countries in the OECD are selected and annual data of these countries for the years between 1980 and 2017 is evaluated with the help of Kao panel cointegration and Dumitrescu-Hurlin causality analysis. The findings show that there is long term relationship between health expenditure and infant mortality rates in OECD countries. Another important conclusion is that there is a causality analysis from health expenditure to the infant mortality rate. While considering these results, it is recommended that OECD countries should take some actions in order to increase health expenditure so that it can be possible to decrease infant mortality rate.