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Child Health and Conflict in Cote d'Ivoire

  • Camelia Minoiu
  • Olga Shemyakina

We examine the impact of the 2002-07 civil conflict in Cote d'Ivoire on children's health status measured by height-for-age. We use pre- and post-war survey data coupled with information on the location of violent incidents to capture exposure to the conflict of children born during 1997-2007. Our results indicate that children from regions more affected by the conflict suffered significant health setbacks compared with children from less affected regions. Further, household-level victimization -- such as war-related economic stress, health stress, and displacement -- has a large and negative effect on child health in conflict-affected regions.

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Volume (Year): 102 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 294-99

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