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HIV/AIDS and time allocation in rural Malawi

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  • Simona Bignami-Van Assche

    (Université de Montréal)

  • Ari Van Assche

    (HEC Montréal)

  • Philip Anglewicz

    (Tulane University)

  • Peter Fleming

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Catherine van de Ruit

    (University of Pennsylvania)

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    Abstract

    AIDS morbidity and mortality are expected to have a large impact on households’ labor supply in rural Malawi since they reduce the time that adults can spend on production for subsistence and on income generating activities. However, the data demands for estimating this impact are high, limiting the amount of empirical evidence. In this paper, we utilize a unique combination of quantitative and qualitative data, including biomarkers for HIV, collected by the Malawi Diffusion and Ideational Change Project, to analyze the impact of AIDS-related morbidity and mortality on time allocation decisions for rural Malawians. We evaluate both the direct effect of HIV/AIDS on the time allocation of affected individuals as well as its indirect effect on the time allocation of surviving household members. We find that the latter is the most important effect of AIDS-related morbidity and mortality, especially on women’s time. Specifically, AIDS induces diversification of income sources, with women reallocating their time from work-intensive (typically farming and heavy chores) to cash-generating tasks (such as casual labor).

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 27 (May)
    Pages: 671-708

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:24:y:2011:i:27

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    Keywords: Africa; AIDS/HIV; economic impact; Malawi; time allocation;

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    Cited by:
    1. Telalagic, S., 2012. "Domestic Production as a Source of Marital Power: Theory and Evidence from Malawi," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1243, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.

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