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Health and Civil War in Rural Burundi

Tom Bundervoet, Philip Verwimp () and Richard Akresh ()

No 5, Research Working Papers from MICROCON - A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict

Abstract: We combine household survey data with event data on the timing and location of armed conflicts to examine the impact of Burundi’s civil war on children’s health status. The identification strategy exploits exogenous variation in the war’s timing across provinces and the exposure of children’s birth cohorts to the fighting. After controlling for province of residence, birth cohort, individual and household characteristics, and province-specific time trends, we find an additional month of war exposure decreases children’s height for age z-scores by 0.047 standard deviations compared to non-exposed children. The effect is robust to specifications exploiting alternative sources of exogenous variation.

Keywords: Child health; economic shocks; stunting; Africa; civil war (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 J13 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 52 pages
Date: 2008
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-dev and nep-hea
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