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Armed Conflict and Children’s Health – Exploring new directions: The case of Kashmir

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  • Anton Parlow

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    (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin)

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    The exposure to violence in utero and early in life has adverse impacts on children's age-adjusted height (z-scores). Using the experience of the Kashmir insurgency, I find that children more affected by the insurgency are 0.9 to 1.4 standard deviations smaller compared with children less affected by the insurgency. The effect is stronger for children who were born during peaks in violence. A robust finding in the health literature is that shorter children perform worse in schools, in jobs, and are sicker throughout their life. Here, children already negatively affected by the insurgency in their height, are also more likely to be sick in the two weeks prior to the survey.

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    Paper provided by Households in Conflict Network in its series HiCN Working Papers with number 119.

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    Length: 45 pages
    Date of creation: Aug 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:hic:wpaper:119

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    Keywords: Armed conflict; health; children;

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