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Title:Evaluating the impact of community-based health interventions: evidence from Brazil's Family Health Program PDF Logo
Authors:Rocha, Romero
Soares, Rodrigo Reis
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4119
Abstract:This paper analyzes the direct and indirect impacts of Brazil's Family Health Program. We estimate the effects of the program on mortality and on household behavior related to child labor and schooling, employment of adults, and fertility. We find consistent effects of the program on reductions in mortality throughout the age distribution, but mainly at earlier ages. Municipalities in the poorest regions of the country benefit particularly from the program. For these regions, implementation of the program is also robustly associated with increased labor supply of adults, reduced fertility, and increased schooling. Evidence suggests that the Family Health Program is a highly cost-effective tool for improving health in poor areas.
Subjects:Family health program
mortality
household behavior
impact evaluation
Brazil
JEL:I12
I18
J10
J13
J24
O54
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090513160
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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