Health and Civil War in Rural Burundi

37 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016  

Tom Bundervoet

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - MOSI

Philip Verwimp

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management; Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)

Richard Akresh

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: January 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper combines 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, the authors find that children exposed to the war have on average 0.515 standard deviations lower height-for-age z-scores than non-exposed children. This negative effect is robust to specifications exploiting alternative sources of exogenous variation.

Keywords: Youth and Governance, Rural Poverty Reduction, Population Policies, Post Conflict Reconstruction, Health Monitoring & Evaluation

Suggested Citation

Bundervoet, Tom and Verwimp, Philip and Akresh, Richard, Health and Civil War in Rural Burundi (January 1, 2008). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1089271

Tom Bundervoet

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - MOSI

Brussels
Belgium

Philip Verwimp

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management ( email )

19 Av Franklin Roosevelt
1050
Brussels
Belgium

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) ( email )

Ave. Franklin D Roosevelt, 50 - C.P. 114
Brussels, B-1050
Belgium

Richard Akresh (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

601 E John St
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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