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Climate variability and infectious diseases nexus: Evidence from Sweden

Amuakwa Mensah, Franklin and Marbuah, George and Mubanga, Mwenya (2017). Climate variability and infectious diseases nexus: Evidence from Sweden. Infectious Disease Modelling. 2 , 203-217
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Abstract

Many studies on the link between climate variability and infectious diseases are based on biophysical experiments, do not account for socio-economic factors and with little focus on developed countries. This study examines the effect of climate variability and socioeconomic variables on infectious diseases using data from all 21 Swedish counties. Employing static and dynamic modelling frameworks, we observe that temperature has a linear negative effect on the number of patients. The relationship between winter temperature and the number of patients is non-linear and “U” shaped in the static model. Conversely, a positive effect of precipitation on the number of patients is found, with modest heterogeneity in the effect of climate variables on the number of patients across disease classifications observed. The effect of education and number of health personnel explain the number of patients in a similar direction (negative), while population density and immigration drive up reported cases. Income explains this phenomenon non-linearly. In the dynamic setting, we found significant persistence in the number of infectious and parasitic-diseased patients, with temperature and income observed as the only significant drivers.

Authors/Creators:Amuakwa Mensah, Franklin and Marbuah, George and Mubanga, Mwenya
Title:Climate variability and infectious diseases nexus: Evidence from Sweden
Series/Journal:Infectious Disease Modelling (BIB19576172)
Year of publishing :2017
Volume:2
Page range:203-217
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2468-0427
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Climate Research
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:Climate variability, Infectious diseases, Sweden
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4977
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4977
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.idm.2017.03.003
ID Code:15640
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:10 Sep 2018 07:18
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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