Toxic roads: Fatal effects of waste dumping in Ethiopia

Research by Dr. Caterina Gennaioli, Director of the CGR, was featured in the media briefings of the Royal Economic Society.

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Ethiopian road
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Living near newly built roads in Ethiopia is associated with higher rates of infant mortality, according to research by Caterina Gennaioli and Gaia Narciso, to be presented at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference at the University of Sussex in Brighton in March 2018.

The study finds that an additional road built within five kilometres increases the probability that a mother experiences an infant death by three percentage points. This implies that the average mother sees the probability of experiencing an infant death to increase from 8.5% to 11%, when a new road segment is built nearby.

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