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Effects of Weather on Diarrheal Disease in Peruvian Children: A Geospatial Investigation

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  • James Manley

    () (Department of Economics, Towson University)

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Combining information on household characteristics with data from nearby weather stations, we investigate the effect of fluctuations in temperature and rainfall on the incidence of diarrheal disease among Peruvian children under age 5 in the high altitude sierra region. Considering jointly the role of precipitation and temperature we find that a larger temperature gap, from a higher minimum and/ or lower maximum, means less risk for children. Also we see protective effects of rain in the current month and negative effects of rain in the prior month. Effects are heightened during the rainy season and marginal effects are higher as rainfall amounts rise. Access to indoor drinking water and sanitation seem not to make much difference.

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  • James Manley, 2016. "Effects of Weather on Diarrheal Disease in Peruvian Children: A Geospatial Investigation," Working Papers 2016-19, Towson University, Department of Economics, revised Aug 2019.
  • Handle: RePEc:tow:wpaper:2016-19
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    Keywords

    Weather; climate; freezing; diarrhea; child health; Peru.;

    JEL classification:

    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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