National Academy of Medicine

Economic Policy: An Important (But Overlooked) Piece of "Health in All Policies"

By Elizabeth Rigby
September 18, 2013 | Discussion Paper

In this discussion paper, Elizabeth Rigby identifies an important gap in efforts to consider the health effects of policy decisions in non-health sectors, such as transportation, housing, and education. These Health in All Policies (HiAP) efforts often overlook economic policy, which shapes the distribution of income and wealth in society. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that economic policy occurs at higher levels of government (state or federal) and many HiAP activities involve local-level actors; the evidence base on health effects of economic policies is still evolving; and economic policy-making is often fraught with social and political complexity and controversy.



Suggested Citation

Rigby, E. 2013. Economic Policy: An Important (But Overlooked) Piece of “Health in All Policies”. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. doi: 10.31478/201309b


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