Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96345
Authors: 
Berthélemy, Jean-Claude
Thuilliez, Josselin
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2014/047
Abstract: 
Malaria still claims a heavy human and economic toll, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa. Even though the causality between malaria and poverty is presumably bi-directional, malaria plays a role in the economic difficulties of the region. This article provides an analysis of the economic consequences of malaria (with an emphasis on human capital accumulation and productivity), and a discussion of policies aimed at reducing its incidence. A major initiative has been the distribution of insecticidal bed-nets at a highly subsidized price. An economic-epidemiology model is used to explain why such policy is doomed to fail in presence of a very high poverty incidence, as observed in the African region.
Subjects: 
malaria
poverty
economic epidemiology
JEL: 
O12
I15
I25
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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