Study: “Effects of Reproductive Health on Poverty in Malawi”
PI(s): Vera-Hernandez, Marcos
Affiliation(s): University College of London, IFS
Institutional Partner(s): ESRC
Data Source(s): Panel Data
Methods: Randomized Controlled Trial
Geographic Location(s): Malawi
The study investigates the causal effect of reproductive health on poverty, primarily using data on randomized interventions that relate specifically to reproductive health. Poverty indicators include not only current variables such as household consumption and female labor supply, but also investments in the health and education of children, which are known to be critical for long-term poverty reduction. The research, conducted in Malawi, is a highly policy-relevant context for understanding the relationship between reproductive health and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Both poverty and poor reproductive health are widespread in Malawi, though there is little understanding of the causal relationship between the two. Poverty might affect reproductive health and vice versa.
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