Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149189
Authors: 
Akresh, Richard
Caruso, German Daniel
Thirumurthy, Harsha
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10330
Abstract: 
We estimate the impact of exposure to conflict on health outcomes using geographic information on households' distance from conflict sites – a more accurate measure of shock exposure – and compare the impact on children exposed in utero versus after birth. The identification strategy relies on exogenous variation in the conflict's geographic extent and timing. Conflict-exposed children have lower height-for-age, and impacts using GPS information are 2-3 times larger than if exposure is measured at the imprecise regional level. Results are robust to addressing endogenous migration. Health service disruptions and maternal stressors are potential explanations for the negative health effects on children.
Subjects: 
child health
conflict
fetal origins hypothesis
Africa
JEL: 
I12
J13
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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