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Child Health and Conflict in Côte d'Ivoire

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Abstract:

We examine the impact of the 2002-07 civil conflict in Cote d'Ivoire on children's health status measured by height-for-age. We use pre- and post-war survey data coupled with information on the location of violent incidents to capture exposure to the conflict of children born during 1997-2007. Our results indicate that children from regions more affected by the conflict suffered significant health setbacks compared with children from less affected regions. Further, household-level victimization — such as war-related economic stress, health stress, and displacement — has a large and negative effect on child health in conflict-affected regions.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.102.3.294

Publication date: 2012-05-01

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