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A Cross Country Comparison of Child Nutrition and Investigation of its Demographic Determinants


Ray, R, A Cross Country Comparison of Child Nutrition and Investigation of its Demographic Determinants, Journal of Quantitative Economics, 2, (1) pp. 44-65. ISSN 0971-1554 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/BF03404593


This study pools data on child anthropometrics and on their determinants from Pakistan, Peru, Jamaica, Russia and South Africa. It, then, estimates regression equations of child height and weight, measured by the Z-scores, on both combined country data and, separately, for each country. Moreover, the study estimates the child height and weight equations, separately, for young (0â€"36 months) and older children (37â€"72 months) and provides evidence on the impact of household assets and of a household’s access to basic amenities on the health of its children. The child health in the five countries chosen, which are culturally, economically, politically and geographically, quite diverse, are compared. The paper finds that the hard core cases of child malnutrition are not necessarily related to poverty or inequality. Female education plays an effective role in improving child health, with its beneficial effects considerably enhanced in households with access to public information through the radio or the TV.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Health economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Microeconomics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ray, R (Professor Ranjan Ray)
ID Code:31588
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-04-20

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