Housing, Health, and Happiness
Matias D. Cattaneo
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics
Washington University in Saint Louis - Department of Economics
Paul J. Gertler
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Political Science
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4214
Despite the importance of housing for people's well-being, there has been little work done to assess the causal impact of housing and housing improvement programs on health and welfare. In this paper the authors help fill this gap by investigating the impact of a large-scale effort by the Mexican government to replace dirt floors with cement floors on child health and adult happiness. They find that replacing dirt floors with cement floors significantly reduces parasitic infestations in young children, reduces diarrhea, reduces anemia, and improves cognitive development. Finally, they also find that this program leave adults substantially better off, as measured by satisfaction with their housing and quality of life and by their significantly lower rates of depression and perceived stress.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: Health Monitoring&Evaluation, Disease Control&Prevention, Housing&Human Habitats, Access to Finance, Construction Industryworking papers series
Date posted: April 24, 2007
© 2013 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
This page was processed by apollo7 in 0.375 seconds