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Effects of adult health interventions at scale on children’s schooling: Evidence from antiretroviral therapy in Zambia

Adrienne Lucas, Margaret Chidothe and Nicholas Wilson ()

Economics of Education Review, 2019, vol. 72, issue C, 107-120

Abstract: In 2007, approximately one in five children in Zambia lived with an HIV positive adult. We identify the effect of adult antiretroviral therapy (ART) availability at scale on children’s educational outcomes by combining data on the expansion of ART availability with two national household surveys that include HIV testing. Through a triple difference specification, we find that the availability of ART increased the likelihood that children in households with HIV positive household heads started school on time and were the appropriate grade-for-age. Two mechanisms were likely decreased incidental infections in the household and related care giving duties.

Keywords: Health; HIV/AIDS; Education; ART; Zambia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I15 I18 I25 I28 J13 O15 O18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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Working Paper: Effects of Adult Health Interventions at Scale on Children's Schooling: Evidence from Antiretroviral Therapy in Zambia (2016)
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2019.04.006

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