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Globalization, technology and global health

Olatunji Shobande (Department of Economics, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK)
Lawrence Ogbeifun (Department of Economics, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, USA and University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, USA)
Simplice Asongu (Department of Economic and Data Science, New Uzbekistan University, Mustaqillik Avenue, Tashkent, Uzbekistan and School of Economics, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 18 March 2024




This study aims to explore whether globalization and technology are harmful to health using a global panel data set of 52 countries over the period 1990–2019.


The study focused on four continents: Africa, the Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe. The authors used four advanced econometric methodologies, which include the standard panel fixed effect (FE), Arellano–Bover/Blundell–Bond dynamic panel, Hausman–Taylor specification and two-stage least squares (FE-2SLS)/Lewbel-2SLS approaches.


The empirical evidence highlights the significance of globalization and technology in promoting global health. The findings suggest that globalization has various impacts on global health indicators and that technology is useful in tracking, monitoring and promoting global health. In addition, the empirical evidence indicates that a truly health-centred process of globalization and technological innovation can only be realized by ensuring that the interests of countries and vulnerable populations to health risks are adequately considered in international decision-making regarding global economic integration.


The authors suggest that achieving the aspiration of global health will entail the use of globalization and information technology to extend human activities and provide equal access to global health.



The authors are indebted to the editor and reviewers for constructive comments.

This paper is an extended version of a working paper in the public domain. There are no exclusive copyrights associated with the corresponding working paper.

Compliance with ethical standards.

Conflict of interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval: This paper does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the authors.

Data availability: The data for this research are available upon request..


Shobande, O., Ogbeifun, L. and Asongu, S. (2024), "Globalization, technology and global health", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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