Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/115452
Authors: 
García Ayala, Rodrigo
Estrugo, Andrés
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-497
Abstract: 
Climate change is imposing a large burden on the most vulnerable populations, particularly in the developing world. Establishing consistent causal relationships, however, is difficult because a multiplicity of climatic, economic and sociodemographic elements are combined to create the conditions for an outbreak of vector-borne disease. Based on a two-step procedure, this paper presents and tests an approach to estimating the effects of epidemic outbreaks on health vulnerability. The model proposed is empirically tested for five countries in Latin America where dengue is a national health priority. Using data from national censuses, satellite climate information and data from a newly developed disease outbreak surveillance online platform, the paper finds that climate has nonnegligible effects on health vulnerability. The evidence found and the vulnerability index constructed can be used to analyze the main determinants of vulnerability in order to address policy concerns.
Subjects: 
Vulnerability
Climate change
Socioeconomic conditions
Vectorborne diseases
Factor analysis
JEL: 
D04
Q51
Q54
R58
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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