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Sustainability 2013, 5(10), 4362-4378; doi:10.3390/su5104362
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Economic Analysis of Climate Variability Impact on Malaria Prevalence: The Case of Ghana

1,2,*  and 3
1 Farmingdale State College, State University of New York, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA 2 Center for Environmental Economics Research & Consultancy (CEERAC), P. O. Box CS 9379, Tema, Ghana 3 Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG 96, Legon, Ghana
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 26 July 2013 / Revised: 10 September 2013 / Accepted: 8 October 2013 / Published: 17 October 2013
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Abstract

A number of studies exist on the relationship between climatic factors and malaria prevalence. However, due to scarcity of data, most of the studies are based on biophysical experiments and do not control for socioeconomic covariates. This research, which uses data on Ghana, contributes to the thin literature that addresses this limitation. We found that humidity and rainfall predict malaria prevalence. Furthermore, our results suggest that malaria prevalence increases with rainfall, the proportion of middle income households, and the proportion of households with no formal education. The corresponding elasticity coefficients are 0.67, 0.12 and 0.66, respectively. Significant differences in the prevalence rate have also been observed across regions.
Keywords: malaria prevalence; climate change; granger-causality; maximum entropy; Ghana malaria prevalence; climate change; granger-causality; maximum entropy; Ghana
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Akpalu, W.; Codjoe, S.N.A. Economic Analysis of Climate Variability Impact on Malaria Prevalence: The Case of Ghana. Sustainability 2013, 5, 4362-4378.

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