Agricultural extension, intra-household allocation and malaria

Thumbnail Image
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2019-06-01
Major/Subject
Mcode
Degree programme
Language
en
Pages
14
157-170
Series
JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, Volume 139
Abstract
Can agricultural development programs improve health-related outcomes? We exploit a spatial discontinuity in the coverage of a large-scale agricultural extension program in Uganda to causally identify its effects on malaria. We find that eligibility for the program reduced the proportion of household members with malaria by 8.9 percentage points, with children and pregnant women experiencing substantial improvements. An examination of the underlying mechanisms indicates that an increase in income and the resulting increase in the ownership and usage of bednets may have played a role. Taken together, these results signify the importance of financial constraints in investments for malaria prevention and the potential role that agricultural development can play in easing it.
Description
Keywords
Agricultural extension, Intra-household allocation, Malaria, Regression discontinuity, Uganda
Other note
Citation
Pan , Y & Singhal , S 2019 , ' Agricultural extension, intra-household allocation and malaria ' , JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS , vol. 139 , pp. 157-170 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2019.03.006