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Education and poverty impact on health: evidence from Morocco in recent years

Mouna Cherkaoui, Université Mohamed V, Agdal
Touhami Abdelkhalek, Institut National de Statistiques et d’Economie Appliquée, Rabat
Aurora Angeli, Università di Bologna

A large body of economic and social science literature links education and poverty to health. Many of the inequalities in health, both within and between countries, are due to inequalities in the social conditions in which people live and work. In this paper we present first results of a study on the impact of education and poverty on health status in Morocco. We start with data referring to 2003-2004 DHS to highlight inequality in education and health by household wealth in the Regions of Morocco, in the urban-rural areas and from a gender perspective. To deepen the analysis we use a new data set, the Community Based Monitoring Survey produced by the Ministry of Finance together with UNIFEM. It is conducted as of today in two localities in the Region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz: Essaouira (urban) and Bouaboud (rural). We test a number of hypothesis using probit and logit estimation.

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Presented in Session 115: Health equity and policy in the Arab countries