Sebastian Vollmer, Kenneth Harttgen, Malavika A Subramanyam et al.
The Lancet Global Health, Vol. 2, Issue 4, pp. e225-e234, April 2014
Economic growth is widely regarded as a necessary, and often sufficient, condition for the improvement of population health. The authors aimed to assess whether macroeconomic growth was associated with reductions in early childhood undernutrition in low-income and middle-income countries. They conclude that a quantitatively very small to null association was seen between increases in per-head GDP and reductions in early childhood undernutrition, emphasising the need for direct health investments to improve the nutritional status of children in low-income and middle-income countries.