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January 22: Debt Reduction for Life: The Impact of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiatives on Child Mortality
Speaker: Eric Djimeu, 3ie
Discussant: Ezequiel Cabezon
Conference Room 8A
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Abstract: Between 1996 and 2012, 28 Sub-Saharan African countries which count among the poorest countries in the world benefited from debt relief of about US$52 billion under the HIPC initiative. This paper exploits the variability in participation in the HIPC initiative across time and countries to identify the causal effect of this participation on child and infant mortality using a difference-in-difference approach and generalized difference-in-differences matching estimator. I find that the participation in the HIPC initiative is associated with a 16.27% and 12.52% reduction in child and infant mortality respectively and that the effect is largest in the poorest countries and countries with low level of governance and institutional quality. The HIPC initiative is associated with significant increase in government expenditures in education and agriculture but not in health.