Does Piped Water Reduce Diarrhea for Children in Rural India?

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Jyotsna Jalan

Indian Statistical Institute

Martin Ravallion

Georgetown University

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Date Written: August 31, 2001


The effects of public investments aimed at directly improving children's health are theoretically ambiguous, since the outcomes also depend on indirect effects through parental inputs. The authors investigate the role of such inputs in influencing the incidence of child health gains from access to piped water in rural India. Using propensity score matching methods, they find that the prevalence and duration of diarrhea among children under five are significantly less on average for families with piped water than for families without it. But health gains largely bypass children in poor families, particularly when the mother is poorly educated. The author's findings point to the importance of combing infrastructure investments with effective public action to promote health knowledge and income poverty reduction.

Keywords: Water Conservation, Water and Industry, Public Health Promotion, Health Economics & Finance, Environmental Economics & Policies, Water and Industry, Town Water Supply and Sanitation, Health Economics & Finance, Environmental Economics & Policies, Health Monitoring & Evaluation

Suggested Citation

Jalan, Jyotsna and Ravallion, Martin, Does Piped Water Reduce Diarrhea for Children in Rural India? (August 31, 2001). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2664, Available at SSRN:

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