Gender equity and public health outcomes: The COVID-19 experience.

Published on Aug 1, 2020in Journal of Business Research
· DOI :10.1016/J.JBUSRES.2020.05.031
Tak Yan Leung15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Open University of Hong Kong),
Piyush Sharma26
Estimated H-index: 26
(Curtin University)
+ 1 AuthorsPeter Hosie14
Estimated H-index: 14
Abstract This paper extends the growing research on the impact of gender equity on public health outcomes using the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as its research setting. Specifically, it introduces a conceptual model incorporating the impact of gender equity and human development on women’s representation in legislature and public health expenditure, and their combined impact with human environment (population density, aging population and urban population) on important public health outcomes in the Covid-19 context, including the total number of tests, diagnosed, active and critical cases, and deaths. Data from 210 countries shows support for many of the hypothesized relationships in the conceptual model. The results provide useful insights about the factors that influence the representation of women in political systems around the world and its impact on public health outcomes. The authors also discuss implications for public health policy-makers to ensure efficient and effective delivery of public health services in future.
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