An Assessment of the Impact of Hiv/Aids on Economic Growth: The Case of Kenya

38 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2003

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Maureen Were

KSMS/CBK

Nancy N. Nafula

Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)

Date Written: September 2003

Abstract

HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa has been closely associated with adverse economic effects, and could thwart the success of poverty reduction initiatives. HIV/AIDS is fast eroding the health benefits, which Kenya gained in the first two decades of independence. The paper explores the different channels through which HIV/AIDS affects economic growth in a low income country like Kenya. Within this framework, the paper attempts to analyse the impact of HIV/AIDS on Kenya's economic growth by way of simulations using a macroeconomic model for the Kenyan economy. Some of the key channels explored are the impact of HIV/AIDS on productivity and labour force supply; asset accumulation of human, physical and social capital; and the gender channel.

JEL Classification: E17, I10

Suggested Citation

Were, Maureen and Nafula, Nancy N., An Assessment of the Impact of Hiv/Aids on Economic Growth: The Case of Kenya (September 2003). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1034. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=449241

Maureen Were (Contact Author)

KSMS/CBK ( email )

P.O. Box 60000
Nairobi, 00200
Kenya

Nancy N. Nafula

Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) ( email )

Bishops Garden Towers, Bishops Road
P.O. Box 56445
Nairobi
Kenya

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