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More heat, less light! The resource curse & HIV/AIDS: A reply to Olivier Sterck

de Soysa, I and Gizelis, IT (2016) 'More heat, less light! The resource curse & HIV/AIDS: A reply to Olivier Sterck.' Social Science and Medicine, 150. 268 - 270. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

© 2015. We reported fairly robust results suggesting that resource rich countries did less well containing HIV/AIDS than resource poor states (de Soysa and Gizelis, 2013). We argued that public action to prevent the spread of disease was going to be weaker in resource rich states because rulers would have less incentive to fight disease. Olivier Sterck (this issue) criticizes our study on several grounds, arguing that resource rich states can provide anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and thereby fight the AIDS epidemic. He, however, finds no relationship between resource wealth and HIV/AIDS. We argue that his reanalyses do not fully address the theoretical association between resource wealth and the spread of HIV/AIDS and that his argument about ART is more wishful than a realistic expectation. Future research should probe more carefully why resource wealth has not been deployed more effectively for fighting disease-a point we can all agree on.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 12:16
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15738

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