Literacy, Not Income, Key To Improving Public Health In India

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New research suggests public health in developing countries may be better improved by reducing illiteracy rather than raising average income.

Pro-market policies for developing countries have long been based on the belief that increasing average income is key to improving public health and societal well-being.

But new research on India published in the journal Social Science and Medicine shows that literacy – a non-income good – has a greater impact on public health in India.

Source: Eurasia Review (link opens in a new window)

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