The Impact of Violent Conflict on Child Health: What are the Channels?

MICROCON Policy Briefing 6

4 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2010

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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)

Tom Bundervoet

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - MOSI

Richard Akresh

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

Date Written: April 16, 2010

Abstract

Child health during and after violent conflicts has been a priority for both policymakers and academics, as ill-health in early life can be impossible to make up for in later life, and has important effects on education and adult wages. In order for policy interventions to mitigate health impacts, it is essential to understand the channels through which conflict impacts on child health. This briefing uses empirical results of research in Burundi and Rwanda to identify these channels. It outlines the policy implications of these findings, arguing that policymakers should prioritise interventions to rebuild agricultural capacity and improve sanitation conditions and nutrition in displacement camps.

Keywords: Violent conflict, health, Burundi, Rwanda

Suggested Citation

Verwimp, Philip and Bundervoet, Tom and Akresh, Richard, The Impact of Violent Conflict on Child Health: What are the Channels? (April 16, 2010). MICROCON Policy Briefing 6, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1592371 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1592371

Philip Verwimp (Contact Author)

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Tom Bundervoet

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - MOSI

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Richard Akresh

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

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