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How does rainfall variation during childhood affect long term health and schooling in Tanzania?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper link survey data from the Kagera Health and Development Survey, and weather data from NASA Langley Research Center for rainfall measures, in order to study the long-run effects of weather based transitory income shocks on health and schooling. We measure effects of rainfall shocks occurring during childhood, from birth up to 8 years after the birth year, and look at multiple adult health and schooling outcome variables. The analysis find that rainfall shocks, when measures across consecutive years, have no effect on long term stunting. The effects on years of formal schooling and the probability of completing primary school are strongly significant. There is also evidence of worse perceived subjective health and higher mortality following adverse rainfall shocks. Perfect consumption smoothing is falsified, and we do not find any evidence in favor of the “critical-period programming” theory.

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2020. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
Kagera Health and Development Survey, NASA Langley Research Center, Rainfall, Transitory income shocks, Health, Schooling
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-404380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-404380DiVA, id: diva2:1394407
Subject / course
Economics
Educational program
Master Programme in Economics
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Available from: 2020-02-19 Created: 2020-02-18 Last updated: 2020-02-19Bibliographically approved

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