The economic consequences of death in South Africa

dc.creatorArdington, Cally
dc.creatorBarnighausen, Till
dc.creatorCase, Anne
dc.creatorMenendez, Alicia
dc.descriptionUsing a large longitudinal dataset, we quantify the impact of adult deaths on household economic wellbeing. The timing of lower socioeconomic status observed for households in which members die of AIDS suggests that the socioeconomic gradient in AIDS mortality is being driven primarily by poor households being at higher risk for AIDS. Following a death, households that experienced an AIDS death are observed being poorer still. However, the additional socioeconomic loss following death is very similar to the loss observed from deaths from other causes. Funeral expenses can explain some of the impoverishing effects of death in the household.
dc.descriptionWe thank Angus Deaton for helpful comments. Ardington gratefully acknowledges funding from the South African National Research Foundation/Department of Science and Technology: Human and Social Dynamics in Development Grand Challenge. Bärnighausen was supported through Grant Nos. R01 HD058482-01 from the National Institute of Child Health and Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH); and R01 MH083539-01 from the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH; and by the Wellcome Trust. Case thanks Alice Muehlhof for expert research assistance, and gratefully acknowledges fi nancial support from the National Institute of Aging under grant P30 AG024361. Menendez gratefully acknowledges funding by the National Institutes of Health, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (#5R24HD051152). Analysis is based on data collected through the Africa Centre Demography Unit
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Death KW - HIV/AIDS KW - Longitudinal data KW - Poverty KW - Socioeconomic status KW - Funeral expenses LK - PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - The economic consequences of death in South Africa TI - The economic consequences of death in South Africa UR - ER - en_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Commerceen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.relationWorking Paper;91
dc.subjectLongitudinal data
dc.subjectSocioeconomic status
dc.subjectFuneral expenses
dc.titleThe economic consequences of death in South Africa
dc.typeWorking Paper
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