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The Economic Impact of AIDS Treatment: Labor Supply in Western Kenya

Citation

Thirumurthy, Harsha; Zívín, Joshua Graff; & Goldstein, Markus P. (2008). The Economic Impact of AIDS Treatment: Labor Supply in Western Kenya. Journal of Human Resources, 43(3), 511-552. PMCID: PMC3237059

Abstract

Using longitudinal survey data collected in collaboration with a treatment program, this paper estimates the economic impacts of antiretroviral treatment. The responses in two outcomes are studied: (1) labor supply of treated adult AIDS patients; and (2) labor supply of individuals in patients' households. Within six months after treatment initiation, there is a 20 percent increase in the likelihood of the patient participating in the labor force and a 35 percent increase in weekly hours worked. Young boys in treated patients' households work significantly less after treatment initiation, while girls and adult household members do not change their labor supply.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.3368/jhr.43.3.511

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2008

Journal Title

Journal of Human Resources

Author(s)

Thirumurthy, Harsha
Zívín, Joshua Graff
Goldstein, Markus P.

PMCID

PMC3237059