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Article

Publication Date

5-2007

Abstract

This paper estimates the impact of the HIV epidemic on the economic development taking place around the world. The focus is put on the World Bank measurements taken of various countries and other significant populations in 2003. Through these measurements, the annual growth rate is compared with the HIV prevalence rate in order to determine the impact. Even though the effect is only marginally significant, the data does show a slight negative effect on the economic growth around the world. These results suggest that as the pandemic increases in severity, the development of areas around the world will be adversely affected. However, when specific areas of interest, such as the African region and country income, are analyzed the results become more ambiguous.

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