December 01, 2022
A new study by One Health Trust researchers assessed the long-term economic impact (wages, primary income source, and consumption expenditure) of India’s Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) among 21- to 26-year-olds born during the UIP implementation phase (1985-1990). The study showed that weekly wages increased by nearly 14 percent, and there was a three percent higher consumption expenditure among young adults exposed to UIP from infancy than those born before the UIP implementation. Furthermore, individuals born during the UIP implementation phase were two percent less likely to rely on agriculture as their principal source of income. The authors note that the effects of exposure to UIP from infancy varied based on individuals’ caste group, gender, and location.
Read the article in American Journal of Health Economics, here.