Impact of International Monetary Fund programs on child health

This publication was co-authored by Adel Daoud, Elias Nosrati, Bernhard Reinsberg, Alexander E. KentikelenisThomas H. Stubbs, and Lawrence P. King.

The study adds to the state of the art by analyzing the impact of International Monetary Fund (IMF) programs on children’s health, mediated by their parents’ education. It is the first to combine macrodata and microdata to address this issue systematically across five dimensions of child health: water, malnutrition, shelter, sanitation, and health care access. The sample represents about 2.8 billion (about 50%) of the world’s population in year 2000. Using multilevel models, we find that, although IMF programs do not correlate directly with child health indicators, they reduce the protective effect of parental education on child health, especially in rural areas, and have a mixed impact across the five dimensions of urban child health.

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