Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/77410
Title: 
Authors: 
Arcand, Jean-Louis
Rodella-Boitreaud, Aude-Sophie
Rieger, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Working Paper 06/2011
Abstract: 
This paper estimates the causal impact of landmines on child health and household expenditures in Angola by exploiting geographical variations in landmine intensity. We generate exogenous variation in landmine intensity using the distance between communes and rebel headquarters. As predicted by our theoretical model of rebel mining, landmine intensity is found to be a decreasing function of the distance to a set of rebel headquarters. Instrumental variables estimates, based on two household surveys and the Landmines Impact Survey, indicate that landmines have large and negative effects on weight-for-age, height-for-age and household expenditures. We discuss our results with respect to the costs and benefits of landmine clearance.
Subjects: 
civil war
landmines
instrumental variables
household expenditures
height-for-age
weight-for-age
Angola
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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