Effect of Conflict on Dietary Energy Supply: Evidence from Cote d’Ivoire

Year: 2013 HiCN Working Paper No. 156

In this paper we estimate the causal effects of conflict on dietary energy supply in Côted’Ivoire. To identify the true impact of conflict, we use (1) pre-war and post-war household data, (2) the specific counts of conflict events across departments and (3) self-reported victimization indicators. We find robust and statistically significant evidence of households in the worst-hit conflict areas and individuals who are the direct victims of the conflict having lower dietary energy supply. The propensity score matching estimates do not alter the main findings. Other robustness checks including subsamples of households with children supports the existing findings.