Mortality Book

Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America

Why do some societies fare well, and others poorly, at reducing the risk of early death? Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America finds that the public provision of basic health care and other inexpensive social services has reduced mortality rapidly even in tough economic circumstances, and that political democracy has contributed to the provision and utilization of such social services, in a wider range of ways than is sometimes recognized. These conclusions are based on case studies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, as well as on cross-national comparisons involving these cases and others.


Cambridge University Press page for Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America

Web Appendices: on this website and under “Resources” on the Cambridge University Press page

Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2010 (the gold ribbon indicates outstanding title)

Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research announcement and citation

Blurbs from the back cover

Reviews: All 12 reviews listed below in one .pdf file



1. (Anonymous). Health Affairs 29.8 (August 2010), 1555.

2. Gerber, James (San Diego State). Choice September 2010, Review 48-0397.

3. Bongaarts, John (Population Council). Population and Development Review 37.1 (March 2011), 208-209.

4. Wong, Joseph (University of Toronto). Governance 24.2 (April 2011), 401-403 (scroll to p. 401).

5. Gómez, Eduardo J. (Rutgers). Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 36.2 (April 2011), 353-356.

6. Clark, Mary A. (Tulane). Latin American Politics and Society 53.2 (Summer 2011), 181-184 (scroll to p. 181).

7. Jayaraj, Dhairiyarayar (Madras Institute of Development Studies). The Developing Economies 49.2 (June 2011), 230-232.

8. Lo, Ming-Cheng (University of California, Davis), Contemporary Sociology 40.5 (September 2011), 607-608.

9. Gómez, Eduardo J. (Rutgers). Comparative Political Studies 44.9 (September 2011), 1298-1300.

10. Hagopian, Frances (Harvard). Perspectives on Politics 10.3 (September 2012), 853-855.

11. Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter (East Anglia). Journal of Latin American Studies 44.4 (November 2012), 793-794.

12. Niedzwiecki, Sara (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Critical Reviews on Latin American Research 3 (2013), online.