Institute for Economic and Social Research

Seminar | Feng Liu, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen)


Seminar Vol. 176

Title: Effects of Drought on Infant Mortality in China

Speaker: Feng Liu, Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen)

Time: September 16, 2019  13:30-15:00

Venue: Conference Room 106B, Zhonghui Building (IESR, JNU College of Economics)

About the speaker:

Dr. Feng Liu is an Associate Professor in the School of Management and Economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. His research focuses on the economics of risky health behaviors, including cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, and those that relate to obesity. He has published papers on Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, etc. Before joining CUHK Shenzhen, he taught at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He received his Ph.D. in policy analysis and management from Cornell University in 2007. 


This paper focuses on Guizhou Province, a region with difficult geographical conditions and poor economic development, to examine the effect of rainfall shocks on contemporaneous infant health and socioeconomic outcomes in China. The study results indicate that negative rainfall shocks are robustly correlated with higher infant mortality and lower birth weight. In the long run, early-life rainfall shortages limit an individual’s income and housing conditions. The study findings indicate a significant interaction of rainfall shock with the severity of water scarcity. This result implies that drinking water safety is an essential channel through which early-life rainfall shocks influence individual health endowments. However, agriculture production is not a likely channel for rainfall effects despite its association with infant mortality. Accordingly, our empirical results suggest that improving public facility coverage will reduce the vulnerability of infant health to adverse rainfall shocks in Guizhou and other developing areas.


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