Water Expansions in Shantytowns: Health and Savings

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Sebastian Galiani

University of Maryland - Department of Economics

Martín González-Rozada

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

Ernesto Schargrodsky

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

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Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

This paper examines the effects of the expansion of the water network in urban shantytowns in Argentina. We find large reductions in the presence, frequency, and severity of diarrhea episodes among children in the households reached by network expansions relative to the control group. Moreover, expanded water connections induce savings, as these families are able to substitute piped water for more expensive and distant sources of water. These health and savings effects are also important for households that previously had clandestine self-connections to the water network, which were free but of low quality.

Suggested Citation

Galiani, Sebastian and González Rozada, Martín and Schargrodsky, Ernesto, Water Expansions in Shantytowns: Health and Savings (March 2007). IDB Working Paper No. 222, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1815903 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1815903

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Martín González Rozada

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