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Evaluating the Impact of Community-Based Health Interventions: Evidence from Brazil's Family Health Program

  • Rocha, Romero

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    (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio))

  • Soares, Rodrigo R.

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    (Sao Paulo School of Economics)

This paper analyzes the direct and indirect impacts of Brazil's Family Health Program. We estimate the effects of the program on mortality and on household behavior related to child labor and schooling, employment of adults, and fertility. We find consistent effects of the program on reductions in mortality throughout the age distribution, but mainly at earlier ages. Municipalities in the poorest regions of the country benefit particularly from the program. For these regions, implementation of the program is also robustly associated with increased labor supply of adults, reduced fertility, and increased schooling. Evidence suggests that the Family Health Program is a highly cost-effective tool for improving health in poor areas.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4119.

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Length: 60 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Publication status: published in: Health Economics, 2010, 19 (S1), 126-158
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4119
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