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Household shocks and utilization of preventive healthcare for children: Evidence from Uganda

Susmita Baulia
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Susmita Baulia: University of Turku

No 121, Discussion Papers from Aboa Centre for Economics

Abstract: With four waves of panel data from the Uganda National Panel Survey, this paper investigates how households trade off investment in their children's preventive healthcare in times of income and health shocks. By using decrease in market price of agricultural output as proxy for negative income shock, and by measuring negative health shocks by illness of household members, I find evidence that probability of taking the child to get Vitamin A supplementation, as a part of immunization schedule, increases significantly if the household is hit by an income shock; similar evidence is obtained in case of health shock too. For health shock, the channel through which the effect takes place is the reduced opportunity cost of out-of-labour-market time; for income shock, buffer stock mechanism is instrumental in smoothing out of the shock and thus facilitating time investment in health-promoting activities for children. The main findings remain consistent under several robustness checks.

Keywords: household shocks; preventive healthcare; child immunization; Uganda (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I30 J13 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-10
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