Title

The Health of Nations: Irving Fisher and the Contribution of Improved Longevity to Living Standard

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

10-1-1998

CFDP Number

1200

CFDP Pages

33

Abstract

Among Irving Fisher’s many contributions to economics, one that is little noted and barely remembered is his emphasis on the economic importance of health. For the most part, his concern was in promoting healthy life styles. In addition, he made an early (perhaps the earliest) estimate of the impact of mortality and morbidity on national output.

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