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Title:Does AIDS-Related Mortality Reduce Per-Capita Household Income? Evidence from Rural Zambia PDF Logo
Authors:Thiele, Rainer
Omar Mahmoud, Toman
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie - Session: Empirical Studies in Development Economics D14-V1
Abstract:This paper evaluates the effect of AIDS-related mortality on per-capita incomes of surviving household members, using a large nationally representative sample of rural households from Zambia. To minimize selection bias that may arise because AIDS is likely to be the endogenous outcome of individual behavior, we employ a difference-in-difference propensity score matching estimator. We find that the death of a prime-age member has no significant impact on per-capita household income. This result continues to hold when we control for spillover effects by excluding households from the control group if members departed or joined for reasons related to AIDS. A likely explanation for this finding is that surviving household members pursue a mix of income and demographic coping strategies that prevents income losses in the short to medium run.
JEL:I31
I19
C14
Document Type:Conference Paper
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Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie

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