Tapsoba, Augustin (2023) The Cost of Fear : Impact of Violence Risk on Child Health During Conflict. Journal of Development Economics, vol. 160 (n° 102975).

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Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2022.102975


The fear of exposure to conflict events often triggers changes in the behavior of eco-nomic agents even before/without any manifestation of violence in a given area. It gen-erates a treatment status (exposure to the adverse e˙ects 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 su˙ering major health setbacks even when this risk does not materialize in violent events around them.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: January 2023
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Amsterdam
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conflict, Insecurity, Kernel Density Estimation, Child Health
JEL Classification: C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods - General
I12 - Health Production - Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
O12 - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2023 10:23
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2023 10:23
OAI Identifier: oai:tse-fr.eu:127419
URI: https://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/46351

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