Rubin, J., Taylor, J., Krapels, J., Sutherland, A., Felician, M., Liu, J., … Rohr, C. (2016). Are better health outcomes related to social expenditure? A cross-national empirical analysis of social expenditure and population health measures. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Europe.

Year: 2016


This report presents findings from a longitudinal cross-national study on social spending, health outcomes, and wider societal factors. The study confirmed earlier findings of a positive association between higher social spending and improved health outcomes, even when this is tested in many different ways. Public social expenditure by governments seems to have a particularly strong relationship with health outcomes, and wider contextual fators also appear to matter as high inequality is strongly associated. with social spending and health outcomes.

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