Navigation Links
Study: Child health may suffer in strong economy
Date:3/24/2010

A short-term economic boom is not always a good thing for children in developing nations, according to a new study in the Journal of Political Economy. The study found that when Colombia's coffee trade suddenly booms, illness and mortality rates among children increase in coffee-producing counties.

When coffee prices spike, workers spend much more time tending fields and less time doing things that are good for children's health, the study found. "The net result is that infant and child health actually becomes worse despite the fact that people are making more money," said Grant Miller of Stanford University, who authored the study with Piedad Urdinola of the National University of Colombia. The reverse is also true, the study found. When coffee prices fall abruptly, people work less and child health improves, even though families may have less money.

Taken as a whole, Miller and Urdinola say, the results suggest that for Colombian households, time may be more important than money when it comes to keeping kids healthy. So we shouldn't necessarily expect that better health is an automatic outcome of a short-term economic expansion.

"The things that matter most for infant or child health in rural Colombiathings like breastfeeding, bringing clean water from far away or taking a child to a distant health clinic for primary care services or vaccinationsaren't very expensive, but they require a substantial amount of time," Miller said. "Focused efforts to reduce these time costs may be an effective way to improve health."

The analysis tracked coffee prices from 1970 to 2006, a period that includes several large price shocks in 1975, 1985 and 1991. Miller and Urdinola matched coffee prices over time with population censuses, household surveys, and other data sets that measure mortality, children's health, parents' labor force participation, and household activities related to health.

This is not the first study to link an economic uptick with poorer health. Several recent studies of the U.S. and other wealthy nations have found that health declines when the economy spikes and improves during recessions. But Miller and Urdinola didn't necessarily expect that this would also be true in a developing nation like Colombia.

"In wealthy nations there tends to be more social safety net programs and more access to insurance and credit to help people get through bad economic periods," Miller says. "Developing nations may lack some of those safeguards, so there is reason to suspect that health would decline when the economy does in places like rural Colombia. So our main finding was somewhat surprising to me."

The good news, Miller and Urdinola say, is that the study shows that good health may be possible even in countries that lag behind in economic growth.

"Long-term growth may improve health, but in the shorter-term, good health doesn't necessarily have to require a lot of wealth," he said. "Healthy but poor may be an attainable state of the world, even if it isn't as good as healthy and rich."


'/>"/>

Contact: Kevin Stacey
kstacey@press.uchicago.edu
773-834-0386
University of Chicago Press Journals
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Study: Low Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Higher Rates of Asthma in African American Kids
2. Study: Mechanomyography to be accurate in detecting nerves during minimally invasive spine surgery
3. Study: Kidney disease a big risk for younger, low-income minorities
4. Study: Federal funds support health depts., but leadership is key
5. Henry Ford Hospital study: Shoulder function not fully restored after surgery
6. New Study: Improved Immune System with Gene-Eden, a Natural Antiviral Supplement that Targets Chronic Viruses
7. UNC study: Obese 3-year-olds show early warning signs for future heart disease
8. Study: Choice between stroke-prevention procedures influenced by patient age
9. Study: Many physicians not using established criteria
10. New Study: Innovative Technique Allows Male Cancer Survivors Who are Sterile from Treatment to Father Children
11. McGill-CHUM study: 56 percent of young adults in a new sexual relationship infected with HPV
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families have long-term insurance ... care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the client has a cognitive ... the family pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits from their insurance ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House ... most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of ... baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United States and the loss ... author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, have six children, ten ... the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator and carrier pilot, he ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Wis. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... standard products to meet the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. ... of probiotic experts and tested to meet the highest standard. , These ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... delivery system that we intend to develop to enable prevention of a major ... to severe hearing loss, especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing loss is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/28/2017)... WASHINGTON , Sept. 28, 2017 Cohen ... to advance the use of wearable and home sensors ... brain disorders. Early Signal Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused ... populations, will provide an affordable analytical system to record ... ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... AMSTERDAM , Sept. 25, 2017   ... Trial Master File solutions, today—from the IQPC Trial ... Amsterdam , NL)—announced that EastHORN Clinical Services ... its clinical programs and TMF management. EastHORN, a ... Montrium,s eTMF platform to increase transparency to enable ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... 22, 2017  As the latest Obamacare repeal effort ... Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) ... medical device industry is in an odd place.  The ... 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales passed along ... covered patients, increased visits and hospital customers with the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: