The Impact of Piped Drinking Water Supply on Childhood Health, Development and Mortality: Evidence from Peru
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Pooling data for the years 2005 through 2013 from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program and employing a spatial and time fixed effects regression analysis methodology, this paper finds that access to piped drinking water infrastructure within a household’s dwelling significantly reduces the exposure of children to diarrheal episodes and severe stunting. Estimation results also suggest that the magnitude of the effect increases when piped drinking water within a household’s dwelling is available continuously. In contrast, no statistically significant impact on diarrheal episodes and severe stunting could be shown for children living in households with access to communal piped drinking water networks. In addition, all regression coefficients evaluating the impact of piped drinking water on child mortality were insignificant.