[G-MonD] n°12: Does malaria control impact education? Evidence from ’Roll Back Malaria’ in Africa

Note n°12 - December 2014

Title: “Does malaria control impact education? Evidence from ’Roll Back Malaria’ in Africa”
Authors: Maria Kuecken, Josselin Thuilliez and Marie-Anne Valfort
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Relying on microeconomic data, we examine the impact of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) control campaigns on the educational attainment of primary school children in 14 Sub-Saharan African countries. Combining a difference-in-differences approach with an IV analysis, we exploit exogenous variation in pre-campaign malaria prevalence and exogenous variation in exposure to the timing and disbursements of the RBM campaign. In all 14 countries, the RBM campaign reveals itself as a particularly cost-effective strategy to improve primary school children’s educational attainment.