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Does Forest Loss Increase Human Disease? Evidence from Nigeria

Julia Berazneva and Tanya Byker

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 5, 516-21

Abstract: We examine the impact of forest loss on three infectious diseases attributed to modifiable environmental factors in the last decade in Nigeria. Geolinking a new high-resolution dataset of global forest change to child-level health data from the Nigeria Demographic and Health Surveys from 2008 and 2013, we find that forest loss significantly increases the incidence of malaria, though it does not affect the incidence of diarrhea and respiratory diseases. The impact of forest loss on malaria is large and the dynamic pattern of the impact suggests a temporary ecological disturbance consistent with findings in the tropical medicine literature.

JEL-codes: I12 I15 J13 O13 O15 Q23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171132
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