Economics ETDs

Publication Date

Summer 7-16-2018


Iraq has experienced protracted years of war in last two decades. These prolonged years of war in Iraq manifested conflict and violence, degeneration of economic conditions and a serious breakdown of public health services. Deaths, injury and acts of violence such as kidnapping, threat and witnessing heavy casualties are only a few examples of events that Iraqi people experienced during war times. Conflict can result in lasting and profound consequences for the health of the Iraq population. The burden of the communicable, non-communicable disease and mental illnesses in war zone areas is rising rapidly and becoming a major challenge to global development. Using data from the 2006-2007 Iraq Household Socio-Economic Survey, I examine the association between violence exposure and morbidity for a sample of Iraqis individuals. We find that exposure to violence is associated with both increased incidence of chronic and acute illnesses, particularly respiratory and mental illness. Interestingly, the health of adolescents and adults appears to be most at risk to violence exposure while that of children is largely protected.

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Department of Economics

First Committee Member (Chair)

Kira Villa

Second Committee Member

Richard Santos

Third Committee Member

Melissa Binder




Violence, Health, Iraq, 2006

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