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Health and Civil War in Rural Burundi

  • Tom Bundervoet


    (Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium)

  • Philip Verwimp


    (Fund for Scientific Research (FWO), University of Antwerp)

  • Richard Akresh


    (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

We combine household survey data with event data on the timing and location of armed conflicts to examine the impact of Burundi’s civil war on children’s health status. The identification strategy exploits exogenous variation in the war’s timing across provinces and the exposure of children’s birth cohorts to the fighting. After controlling for province of residence, birth cohort, individual and household characteristics, and province-specific time trends, we find an additional month of war exposure decreases children’s height for age z-scores by 0.047 standard deviations compared to non-exposed children. The effect is robust to specifications exploiting alternative sources of exogenous variation.

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Paper provided by MICROCON - A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict in its series Research Working Papers with number 5.

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Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:mcn:rwpapr:5
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