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How to Measure the Economic Impact of Vector-Borne Diseases at a Country Level: An Assessment

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  • Marcello Basili

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  • Filippo Belloc

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Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) are widespread in less developed countries and re-emerging in developed ones. Available economic studies agree that VBDs induce significant effects on countries' economic outcomes, and affirm that a systematic evaluation of such effects is crucial to the efficient allocation of resources to health priorities. This paper provides a comparative assessment of available methodologies for measuring the economic impact of VBDs at a national level. We review both macroeconometric and micro-based approaches, and examine advantages and disadvantages of currently used methods. We conclude by suggesting possible methodological advancements and new challenges for future research.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Siena in its series Department of Economics University of Siena with number 648.

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Keywords: Vector-borne diseases; economic growth; health indicators.;

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