Malaria: Disease Impacts and Long-Run Income Differences
Douglas Gollin () and
Christian Zimmermann ()
No 2008-17, Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, Williams College
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that malaria, a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes, causes over 300 million episodes of "acute illness" and more than one million deaths annually. Most of the deaths occur in poor countries of the tropics, and especially sub-Saharan Africa. Most of the countries with high rates of malaria prevalence are also poor, and some researchers have suggested a direct link from malaria to poverty. This paper explores the potential impact of malaria on national income levels, using a dynamic general equilibrium framework with epidemiological features. We find that if there is no feasible prevention or control, malaria can have a significant impact on income levels. However, if people have any effective way of avoiding infection, the disease impacts on income levels are likely to be small. This is true even where preventive measures are costly.
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-dev, nep-dge and nep-hea
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://web.williams.edu/Economics/wp/gollinMalaria_October_17_2008.pdf Full text (application/pdf)
Working Paper: Malaria: Disease Impacts and Long-Run Income Differences (2010)
Working Paper: Malaria: Disease Impacts and Long-Run Income Differences (2008)
Working Paper: Malaria: Disease Impacts and Long-Run Income Differences (2007)
Working Paper: Malaria (2005)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:wil:wileco:2008-17
Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
The price is Free.
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, Williams College Williamstown, MA 01267. Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by Stephen Sheppard ().