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Does Prime-Age Mortality Reduce Per-Capita Household Income? Evidence from Rural Zambia

  • Omar Mahmoud, Toman
  • Thiele, Rainer

This paper evaluates the impact of prime-age mortality on per-adult equivalent incomes of surviving household members in rural Zambia. The analysis uses difference-in-difference matching techniques and controls for spillover effects by excluding households from the control group if members departed or joined for reasons related to prime-age mortality. The latter is required because per-adult equivalent incomes of non-afflicted households may be indirectly affected, e.g., by hosting orphans. We find evidence of negative spillover effects on non-afflicted households. However, the death of a prime-age member has no significant short-run effect on per-adult equivalent income of afflicted households.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 45 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 51-62

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