When bad trade policy costs human lives: tariffs on ...
Staff Working Paper ERSD-2017-14 26 October 2017. _____. World trade Organization Economic Research and Statistics Division _____. When bad trade policy costs human lives: tariffs on mosquito nets Arne Klau Manuscript date: October 2017. _____. Disclaimer: This is a working paper, and hence it represents research in progress. This paper represents the opinions of individual staff members or visiting scholars, and is the product of professional research. It is not meant to represent the position or opinions of the WTO or its Members, nor the official position of any staff members. Any errors are the fault of the author. 1. When bad trade policy costs human lives: tariffs on mosquito nets Abstract Many developing countries still levy tariffs on mosquito nets, thereby discouraging their use and contributing to the spread of diseases such as malaria and dengue. Focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, the paper shows to which extent such tariffs are in place and, based on existing elasticity figures, calculates the cost of this policy .
treated bed nets have reduced demand by some US$ 7 million between 2011 and 2015, equivalent to around 3.1 million bed nets. This has contributed to some 2.9 million malaria cases and over 5,000 fatalities during this period. The paper discusses various policy implications of this finding, including ...
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