Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6476

Author

Samia Tasmim

Date

2019

Date of Award

7-29-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Sociology

Committee Chair

Junmin Wang

Committee Member

Wesley James

Committee Member

Joseph Lariscy

Abstract

This study re-tested the associations between Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and national health outcomes, measured by infant mortality, life expectancy, and adult death rate by examining three mechanisms- firstly, increased trade liberalization and free trade instigate trade flows and attract FDIs that benefit the economy; secondly, global diffusion of ideas and knowledge influences health outcomes; and thirdly, improved health-related policies and practices by government improves health. This analysis is built on a 15-year panel data including 34 developing countries that have participated in FTAs. Current analysis suggests when countries form trade agreements their trade volume expands, and life expectancy and infant mortality rates improves. When trade flows unimpededly, developing countries get access to resources from developed ones, and focus on sanitation, vaccination, etc. that ultimately benefit population health. The significance level among immunization and health outcomes reaffirms that flow of ideas, knowledge as well as trade of pharmaceutical products become effortless among countries who eliminate trade barriers with agreements.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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