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Household Responses to Health Risks and Shocks: A study from rural Tanzania raises some methodological issues

Somi, Masha; Butler, James; Vahid, Farshid; Njau, Joseph; Abdulla, Salim


The impact of a health shock (malaria) on household consumption patterns is investigated using a system of demand equations. After controlling for the overall levels of total expenditure by a household, the presence of a self-reported malarious individual in a household reduces consumption of luxury items and increases consumption of health care and products. Our results are compatible with the hypothesis that households behave strategically when coping with an illness related shock so as to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of International Development
DOI: 10.1002/jid.1555


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