The Spending Responses to Adverse Health Shocks:Evidence from a Panel of Colombian Households

Darwin Cortes, Andrés Gallegos, Jorge Pérez Pérez

Resultado de la investigación: Working paperDocumento de trabajo


We analyze the effect of adverse health shocks on households’ different expenditure shares using a difference in differences approach. We find that households engage in substitution between health and food spending in response to the negative health shocks. We find substantial heterogeneity in this trade-off between current and future health mediated by access to social protection, job contract type, and location (urban-rural). Households from rural areas, with heads holding informal jobs, and without access to safety nets, are more vulnerable than others. We discuss several policy implications.
Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
Número de páginas34
EstadoPublicada - ene. 2021

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