Access to treated water in utero and childhood well-being: Evidence from rural China |

Access to treated water in utero and childhood well-being: Evidence from rural China

IWP Research Seminar


Synopsis:

This paper examines the impacts of in utero access to treated water on childhood health. We exploit the phase-in of a major drinking water safety program in rural China to determine whether children with access to treated water in utero had better health in the first year of life and at ages 2-11. We find that prenatal access to treated water significantly lowers the probabilities of frequent sicknesses and doctor visits in the first year of life, and raises children’s height and reduces the probability of frequent doctor visits at ages 2-11. Mechanism analysis shows that the association between in utero access to treated water and the incidence of gastrointestinal diseases is stronger than other types of diseases, suggesting that the health benefits may stem from the improvement in drinking water quality, rather than the increase in water quantity.


Speaker(s):
Dr Li Li

Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Li Li is a research fellow at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She obtained her B.A. in Management and her M.A. in Labor Economics from Zhejiang University in China. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics at the National University of Singapore. Her ongoing research focuses on the private sector participation in water sector, water pricing, and water saving initiatives.


Chair Person:

Dr Yvonne Chen Jie, Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore 


Date:
Monday, 21 August 2017

Time:
12:15 pm-1:30 pm

Venue:

Seminar Room 3-5
Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772


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