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Type Journal Article
Title The Child Health Implications of Privatizing Africa's Urban Water Supply
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
URL http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1013&context=katrina_kosec
Abstract
Can private sector participation (PSP) in the urban piped water sector improve child health? I use child-level data from 39 African countries during 1986-2010 to show that introducing PSP decreases diarrhea among urban-dwelling, under five children by 5.6 percentage points, or 35% of its mean prevalence. PSP also leads to greater reliance on piped water. To attribute causality, I exploit time-variation in the private water market share controlled by African countries' former colonizers. A placebo analysis reveals that PSP does not affect symptoms of respiratory illness in the same children, nor does it affect a rural control group
unaffected by PSP.

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