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A Framework for Assessing Productivity Loss from Schistosomiasis

Calla Wiemer

Journal of Human Resources, 1988, vol. 23, issue 3, 320-341

Abstract: The severity of the parasitic infection schistosomiasis, and hence the magnitude of the productivity losses caused, both vary a great deal across exposed populations. In the model of this paper, severity is measured in terms of a unit of infectivity assigned a negative binomial distribution among the members of an exposed group. A methodology is devised for estimating the parameters of the distribution on a site-specific basis allowing for more accurate assessment of localized productivity losses than have previously been obtained. The purpose in developing the model and estimation methodology is to provide a foundation for cost-benefit studies of schistosomiasis control projects.

Date: 1988
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