The development of nations conditions the disease space

  title={The development of nations conditions the disease space},
  author={Antonios Garas and Sophie Guthmuller and Athanasios Lapatinas},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Using the economic complexity methodology on data for disease prevalence in 195 countries during the period of 1990-2016, we propose two new metrics for quantifying the disease space of countries. With these metrics, we analyze the geography of diseases and empirically investigate the effect of economic development on the health complexity of countries. We show that a higher income per capita increases the complexity of countries’ diseases. We also show that complex diseases tend to be non… 
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