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Malaria: Disease Impacts and Long-Run Income Differences

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  • Gollin, Douglas

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    (Williams College)

  • Zimmermann, Christian

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that malaria, a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes, causes over 300 million episodes of “acute illness” and more than one million deaths annually. Most of the deaths occur in poor countries of the tropics, and especially sub-Saharan Africa. Some researchers have suggested that ecological differences associated with malaria prevalence are perhaps the most important reason why some countries today are rich and others poor. This paper explores the question in an explicit dynamic general equilibrium framework, using a calibrated model that incorporates epidemiological features into a standard general equilibrium framework.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2997.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Keywords: malaria; epidemiology; GDP; disease prevention; sub-Saharan Africa;

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  1. Pharmaceutical Patents: Making malaria drugs available at low cost
    by Christian Zimmermann in Against Monopoly on 2009-02-27 13:47:34
  2. Development economics needs to refocus on theory
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2009-04-10 13:35:00
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  1. Shufang Zhang & Marcia C. Castro & David Canning, 2011. "The Effect of Malaria on Settlement and Land Use: Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon," PGDA Working Papers, Program on the Global Demography of Aging 7711, Program on the Global Demography of Aging.
  2. Douglas Gollin & Christian Zimmermann, 2010. "Global Climate Change and the Resurgence of Tropical Disease: An Economic Approach," Working papers 2010-12, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  3. Rodolfo Manuelli, 2011. "Disease and Development: The Role of Human Capital," Working Papers 2011-008, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group.
  4. Wielgosz, Benjamin & Mangheni, Margaret Najjingo & Tsegai, Daniel & Ringler, Claudia, 2012. "Malaria and agriculture: A global review of the literature with a focus on the application of integrated pest and vector management in East Africa and Uganda," IFPRI discussion papers 1232, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  5. Weil, David N., 2014. "Health and Economic Growth," Handbook of Economic Growth, in: Handbook of Economic Growth, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 3, pages 623-682 Elsevier.
  6. McNamara, Paul E. & Ulimwengu, John M. & Leonard, Kenneth L., 2010. "Do health investments improve agricultural productivity?," IFPRI discussion papers 1012, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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