Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Dr. Tania Barham

Second Advisor

Dr. Terra McKinnish

Third Advisor

Dr. Peter Newton

Abstract

A strong debate continues in economics over whether privatization of water and sanitation resources is beneficial in developing countries. This paper analyzes mortality and census data in the years 1990- 2010 from the Ecuadorian National Institute of Statistics and Censuses to determine how the privatization of water and sanitation in Guayaquil, Ecuador has affected water-related mortality rates in the city. In this analysis, I conduct a difference-in-difference regression analysis with the under-three, under-five, and under-ten water-related mortality rate as my dependent variable, and the event of water privatization as my independent variable. In this investigation, I find that water privatization in Guayaquil had a negligible effect on water-related mortality.

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