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Early-Life Malaria Exposure and Adult Outcomes: Evidence from Malaria Eradication in India

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  • Cutler, David M.
  • Singhal, Monica
  • Vogl, Tom
  • Fung, Winnie
  • Kremer, Michael R.
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    We examine the effects of exposure to malaria in early childhood on educational attainment and economic status in adulthood by exploiting geographic variation in malaria prevalence in India prior to a nationwide eradication program in the 1950s. We find that the program led to modest increases in household per capita consumption for prime age men, and the effects for men are larger than those for women in most specifications. We find no evidence of increased educational attainment for men, and mixed evidence for women.

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    Paper provided by Harvard University Department of Economics in its series Scholarly Articles with number 5344529.

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    Date of creation: 2010
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    Publication status: Published in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
    Handle: RePEc:hrv:faseco:5344529

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    1. Sharon Maccini & Dean Yang, 2009. "Under the Weather: Health, Schooling, and Economic Consequences of Early-Life Rainfall," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 99(3), pages 1006-26, June.
    2. Adrienne M. Lucas, 2010. "Malaria Eradication and Educational Attainment: Evidence from Paraguay and Sri Lanka," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 2(2), pages 46-71, April.
    3. Alan Barreca, 2009. "The Long-Term Economic Impact of In Utero and Postnatal Exposure to Malaria," Working Papers 0905, Tulane University, Department of Economics.
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