Month of Birth and Children's Health in India

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Michael Lokshin

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); National Research University Higher School of Economics

Sergiy Radyakin

World Bank

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

The authors use data from three waves of the India National Family Health Survey to explore the relationship between the month of birth and the health outcomes of young children in India. They find that children born during the monsoon months have lower anthropometric scores compared with children born during the fall and winter months. The authors propose and test four hypotheses that could explain such a correlation. The results emphasize the importance of seasonal variations in affecting environmental conditions at the time of birth and determining the health outcomes of young children in India. Policy interventions that affect these conditions could effectively impact the health and achievement of these children, in a manner similar to nutrition and micronutrient supplementation programs.

Keywords: Health Monitoring & Evaluation, Youth and Governance, Early Child and Children's Health, Gender and Health, Early Childhood Development

Suggested Citation

Lokshin, Michael and Radyakin, Sergiy, Month of Birth and Children's Health in India (January 1, 2009). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1327282

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