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Effects of Weather on Diarrheal Disease in Peruvian Children: A Geospatial Investigation

James Manley ()

No 2016-19, Working Papers from Towson University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Combining information on household characteristics with data from nearby weather stations, I investigate the effect of fluctuations in temperature and rainfall from longer-term averages on the incidence of diarrheal disease among Peruvian children under age 5. Low level variation in temperature and precipitation have little effect except in one case: incidence increases by about 7-12% when low temperatures stay above freezing. This set of circumstances is a concern in the central, mountainous "sierra" region during the dry season. The analysis also affirms previously established findings such as the importance of improved water access and sanitation.

Keywords: Weather; climate; freezing; diarrhea; child health; Peru. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O12 O15 I15 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016, Revised 2016
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