The Effects of Mortality Shocks on Household Spending on Education, Health and Nutrition
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Death in family is a tragic event with life-changing consequences for the surviving members. When the deceased person is a prime-aged adult, the economic shock created by the event can even be catastrophic. While death at older ages may be anticipated, death at prime age is often sudden and unanticipated. Such unanticipated death can often be a consequence of natural disasters. But death among adult household members can also be relatively quick as a consequence of HIV/AIDS and other life–threatening viral illnesses. In such situations, death may not be completely unanticipated, yet likely quick and disruptive enough so as to inhibit coping mechanisms from being put in place to negate the impacts of the death-event itself.
KeywordsHousehold Size Adult Mortality Consumption Growth Education Expenditure Adult Death
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