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When Bad Trade Policy Costs Human Lives

Tariffs on Mosquito Nets

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.


JEL: I18: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health; I15: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Health and Economic Development
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