Forced Migration and the Spread of Infectious Diseases

51 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2020

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Ana Maria Ibanez

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Sandra Rozo

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business; University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Date Written: May 14, 2020

Abstract

We examine the role of Venezuelan forced migration on the propagation of 15 infectious diseases in Colombia. For this purpose, we use rich municipal-monthly panel data. We exploit the fact that municipalities closer to the main migration entry points have a disproportionate exposure to infected migrants when the cumulative migration flows increase. We find that higher refugee inflows are associated with increments in the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as chickenpox and tuberculosis, as well as sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS and syphilis. However, we find no significant effects of migration on the propagation of vector-borne diseases.

Keywords: Forced Migration, Infectious Diseases, Health Outcomes

JEL Classification: F22, O15, I15

Suggested Citation

Ibanez, Ana Maria and Rozo, Sandra, Forced Migration and the Spread of Infectious Diseases (May 14, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3600649 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3600649

Ana Maria Ibanez

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia ( email )

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Sandra Rozo (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business ( email )

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University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics ( email )

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