Spring 2002 Policy Roundtable Series

Healthier or Wealthier...

Which comes first in the new global era?

Panel Description

Traditional economic theory holds that increases in economic productivity and  gross national product lead directly to improved health and health outcomes.  World Bank, United Nations, and United States development policy since World War II has been driven by this essential point of view.  Alternative approaches over the last several years have begun to stress that improvements in the quality of health in developing nations actually contributes to increased productivity and economic development - that health is a limiting factor in economic development.  Given the realities of globalization - free movement of goods and services, free flow of capital across borders, increased communication and information via the Internet - what makes more sense:  should we be investing in development to improve health or investing in health to improve development?  Decisions about development strategy, policy, and the use of billions of dollars depend on a good answer to this question.

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Co-sponsored by

Center for International Development, Harvard University                                  

The Harvard Interfaculty Program for the Improvement of Health Policy and Systems

Hosted by:

The Forum, Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


Roberta Baskin, Senior Producer, ABC News "20/20", Nieman Fellow, Harvard University

Tim Evans, Director, Health Equity, The Rockefeller Foundation

Philip Musgrove, Lead Economist, The World Bank

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University

Awash Teklehaimanot, Malaria Program Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University

Lawrence Summers, President, Harvard University, MODERATOR

Background materials on topic

What is the minimum a doctor should know about health economics? Revista Brasileira de Sa˙de Materno Infantil (Brazilian Journal of Mother and Child Health) 1(2), May-August 2001 ; by Philip Musgrove

The Economic Burden of Malaria (John Gallup and Jeffrey Sachs)

Tropical Underdevelopment (Jeffrey Sachs)

Economic Consequences of Health Status: A Review of the Evidence (Jeffrey Sachs)

Changing Global Distribution of Malaria (PDF Document)

Healthcare in India: Learning From Experience (Philip Musgrove)

Cost Effectiveness and Health Sector Reform (Philip Musgrove)

Challenging Inequalities in Health (Tim Evans)

Date and Location of Panel 

25 February 2002, 5pm, The Forum, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Reception following. RSVP HERE. (Note: RSVP does not guarantee a seat. This event is free and open to the public.)

Directions to event. 

Panel Members

Mark Friedberg

Derek Willis

Kalahn Taylor-Clark

Raquel Reyes

Ruth Gerson

Ralph Vetters  


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Links to Other Policy Roundtable 2002
Series Discussions:

Keynote Address: Jeffrey P. Koplan, Director of the Centers for Disease Control
13 February 2002

 Healthier or Wealthier:  Which comes first in the new global era?
25 February 2002

The Crisis of Neglected Diseases: Creating R&D Incentives for Diseases of Developing Countries
28 February 2002

Health Care Education in the Developing World:  Bridging Global and Local Health Care Practices
07 March 2002

Building a Legal Framework for Global Health: How can the US and UN work to reduce global disparities?
20 Marchl 2002

Riding East: The Global Tobacco Control Movement and the Role of the Mass Media 
25 April 2002

PRS Meeting Materials
Introductory Meeting Materials (19 September 2001)

PRS Planning Materials

(from the Operations Manual)

Note that these are all PDF files.

Resources for panel organizers.
Includes links to websites, papers, articles that may be of use.


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