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The Cost of Fear: Impact of Violence Risk on Child Health During Conflict

Tapsoba, Augustin (2020) The Cost of Fear: Impact of Violence Risk on Child Health During Conflict. TSE Working Paper, n. 20-1127

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The fear of exposure to conflict events often triggers changes in the behavior of economic agents even before/without any manifestation of violence in a given area. It generates a treatment status (exposure to the adverse effects of conflict) that goes beyond
violence incidence. This paper develops a new approach to capture such treatment.
Violence is modeled as a space-time stochastic process with an unknown underlying
distribution that is backed out of the observed pattern of conflict events. A new risk
measure is built from this density and used to evaluate the impact of conflict on child
health using data from Ivory Coast and Uganda. The empirical evidence suggests that
conflict is a local public bad, with cohorts of children exposed to high risk of violence
equally suffering major health setbacks even when this risk does not materialize in
violent events around them.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: July 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conflict, Insecurity, Kernel Density Estimation, Child Health
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2020 12:24
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 12:24
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