American Economic Review: Vol. 102 No. 3 (May 2012)


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Child Health and Conflict in Côte d'Ivoire

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Minoiu, Camelia, and Olga Shemyakina. 2012. "Child Health and Conflict in Côte d'Ivoire." American Economic Review, 102(3): 294-99.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.102.3.294


We examine the impact of the 2002-07 civil conflict in Côte d'Ivoire on children's health status measured by height-for-age. We use pre- and post-war survey data coupled with information on the location of violent incidents to capture exposure to the conflict of children born during 1997-2007. Our results indicate that children from regions more affected by the conflict suffered significant health setbacks compared with children from less affected regions. Further, household-level victimization -- such as war-related economic stress, health stress, and displacement -- has a large and negative effect on child health in conflict-affected regions.

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Minoiu, Camelia (IMF)
Shemyakina, Olga (GA Institute of Technology)

JEL Classifications

D74: Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances
I12: Health Production
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
O15: Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
O17: Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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