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Essays on the economic impacts of health shocks on households in low and middle income countries
thesisposted on 2017-02-22, 00:56 authored by Alam, Mohammad Khurshid
Given limited evidence on economic impacts of health shocks on households in South Asia the thesis examined the issues using both cross-sectional and longitudinal household surveys from the region applying econometric analyses. The thesis found that health shocks in the form of adult deaths and major illness including non-communicable diseases and traffic injuries incurred significant out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure and reduced household labour supply and earnings in the short-run with negative consequences for child nutrition and education. The negative consequences persist in the long-run, but with lower magnitude than in the short-run. The thesis warrants policy attention for the health shocks-affected households through improved access to healthcare services and social protection benefits.