Economics and Global Health

Chukwuma, Julia and Deane, Kevin (2023). Economics and Global Health. In: La Placa, Vincent and Morgan, Julia eds. Social Science Perspectives on Global Public Health. Routledge, pp. 28–37.



This chapter does not focus on traditional Health Economics – numerous textbooks exist that promote this way of thinking about the economics of health. Instead, this chapter discusses four alternative, non-neoclassical perspectives which are relevant to global health, namely Keynesian, Political Economy, Feminist, and Ecological perspectives. We use the COVID-19 pandemic as a lens through which to introduce these perspectives, and highlight the insights that they provide, for health inequalities, and planetary health.

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