Re: SOC/TECH: Greenstar <--- MUST SEE

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Mon Jun 26 2000 - 12:04:25 MDT

At 01:26 PM 6/26/2000 -0400, you wrote:
> > ... Comparisons across poor
> > countries, regions, and individuals almost never show any substantial
> > health effect of variations in medical spending or water and sanitation.
>Do you have any links on those studies for effectiveness of clean water/health

A cite, not a link:

"The effects of improved nutrition, sanitation, and water quality on child
health in high-mortality populations," by Leng-fei Lee,
Mark Rosenzweig and Mark Pitt, Journal of Econometrics, 77:209-235, 1997.

>I imagine that the gist of these studies is that the causes of death shift
>it being a direct cause due to no resources available, to an indirect because
>too many people survive and overpopulation gets them anyways...

No, this is a study of poor folks in Bangledash and Phillipines, where over 20%
of kids die by about age six. Sanitation and water quality made no difference
in individual mortality for 385 + 448 households. The introduction says "most
studies ... do not yield significant health effects" from variations in
water and
waste facilities.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030
703-993-2326 FAX: 703-993-2323

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