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Malaria and the DDT Story


Richard Tren


Africa Fighting Malaria (US)

Roger Bate


American Enterprise Institute (AEI)


IEA Occasional Paper No. 117

Abstract:     
Malaria kills millions of people each year and hundreds of millions more suffer chronic illness. Economic development is inhibited and poverty is perpetuated.

Tren and Bate argue that action against malaria is over-centralised and narrowly focused, ignoring local conditions and concerns. Health agencies in developing countries and some companies are trying to stem a resurgent tide of malaria. Their work is, however, hampered by pressure from environmentalist groups and donor agencies which still crusade against the use of DDT and which have won a partial victory under the POPs (persistent organic pollutants) convention. A continuing anit-DDT campaign would have as its victims people in some of the world's poorest countries.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 112

Keywords: malaria, mosquitoes, DDT, pesticides, environmental economics

JEL Classification: Q16, Q18, Q52, Q53, Q57

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Date posted: March 19, 2005  

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Tren, Richard and Bate, Roger, Malaria and the DDT Story. IEA Occasional Paper No. 117. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=677448 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.677448

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Richard Tren
Africa Fighting Malaria (US) ( email )
Washington, DC
United States
Roger Bate (Contact Author)
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) ( email )
1150 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
United States
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