Climate Impacts on Harmful Practices, Maternal Health and Family Planning

Siegrun Gansch, University of Vienna
Roman Hoffmann , Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Endale Kebede, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital
Karoline Lehner, University of Vienna
Jonas Peisker , University of Vienna
Erich Striessnig, University of Vienna

By 2030, the UNFPA aims to realize three transformative results by ending (1) maternal death, (2) unmet need for family planning, and (3) gender-based violence and all harmful practices. This study investigates to what extent climate change-related weather shocks affect these outcomes. Such climate events may either cause immediate disruption to the provision of health care or indirectly affect households’ income with negative consequences for women’s health. By harmonizing and combining information from the Demographic Health Surveys and gridded data of climatic conditions, we construct a rich data set of 46000 clusters in Sub-Saharan Africa which includes data on individual, household, and regional characteristics. We plan to use a fixed effects model, i.e. exogenous variation of weather over time, to identify causal effects on each of the three outcomes.

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 Presented in Session P27. Development, Gender, and the Environment