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Child health and economic crisis in Peru

Citation

Paxson, Christina & Schady, Norbert (2005). Child health and economic crisis in Peru. The World Bank Economic Review, 19(2), 203.

Abstract

The effect of macroeconomic crises on child health is a topic of great policy importance. This article analyzes the impact of a profound crisis in Peru on infant mortality. It finds an increase of about 2.5 percentage points in the infant mortality rate for children born during the crisis of the late 1980s, which implies that about 17,000 more children died than would have in the absence of the crisis. Accounting for the precise source of the increase in infant mortality is difficult, but it appears that the collapse in public and private expenditures on health played an important role.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/wber/lhi011

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2005

Journal Title

The World Bank Economic Review

Author(s)

Paxson, Christina
Schady, Norbert