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The Economic Consequences of Death in South Africa

Seminar by Professor Alicia Menendez

Friday, April 19, 2013 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Abstract: Using a large longitudinal dataset, we quantify the impact of adult deaths on household
economic wellbeing. The timing of lower socioeconomic status observed for households in
which members die of AIDS suggests that the socioeconomic gradient in AIDS mortality is being driven primarily by poor households being at higher risk for AIDS. Following a death, households that experienced an AIDS death are observed being poorer still. However, the
additional socioeconomic loss following death is very similar to the loss observed from deaths from other causes. Funeral expenses can explain some of the impoverishing effects of death in the household.

Gilkey Hall (campus map)
417
Corvallis
OR
Free
Megan Chambers
1 541 737 1467
megan.chambers at oregonstate.edu
Economics Department
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