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Wrong place, wrong time: The long-run effects of in-utero exposure to malaria on educational attainment

Henrique Veras

Economics & Human Biology, 2022, vol. 44, issue C

Abstract: This paper investigates the long-term relationship between early life exposure to malaria and human capital accumulation in Brazil. The identification strategy relies on exogenous variation in the risk of malaria outbreaks in different states and seasons of the year to identify in utero exposure according to the timing and location of birth. I find consistent negative treatment effects of in utero exposure to malaria on educational attainment. The effects are stronger for exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy than during other periods of gestation. Effective anti-malaria policies can, thus, be an important factor contributing to reducing the educational inequality by targeting pregnant women, especially those in their first months of gestation.

Keywords: Malaria; Human capital; Public health (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I15 I18 I25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2021.101092

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