Tuesday 10 July 2012
Event Type Seminar
Title The Impact of Access to Safe Water and Sanitation on Growth: Evidence from Developing Countries
Speakers G√ľnther G. Schulze, Institute of Economic Research, University of Freiburg
Venue Seminar Room B (Arndt Room), Coombs Building 9
Date 10/7/12
Time 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Description In this paper, we analyze the effect of access to safe water and sanitation on economic growth. Using a panel of 75 developing and threshold countries, we show that the lack of access to safe water and sanitation diminishes growth significantly: a one standard deviation lower share of population with access to clean water (i.e. 18 percentage points) reduces growth performance by around 1.23 percentage points. Lower access rates to appropriate sanitation have a similar effect. The growth-enhancing effect of safe water and proper sanitation works primarily through higher productivity rather than through increased factor accumulation. Our results demonstrate that improved access to safe water and sanitation is a very effective instrument for stimulating growth and reducing poverty.
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