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Effect of Conflict on Dietary Diversity: Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire

  • Dabalen, Andrew L.
  • Paul, Saumik

In this paper we estimate the causal effects of conflict on dietary diversity in Côte d’Ivoire. To identify the true impact of conflict, we use (1) pre-war and post-war household data, (2) the specific counts of conflict events across departments, and (3) self-reported victimization indicators. We find robust and statistically significant evidence of households in the worst-hit conflict areas and individuals who are the direct victims of the conflict having lower dietary diversity. The propensity score-matching estimates do not alter the main findings. Other robustness checks including subsamples of households with children support the existing findings.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 58 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 143-158

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