Anemia and Child Education: The Case of Colombia

34 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2010

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Alejandro Gaviria

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Alejandro Hoyos

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

Welfare programs in Colombia have been focused on reducing malnutrition and hunger and on increasing school attendance rates. However, there is not much evidence on the hypothesized relationship between nutrition and education. Using the National Survey of Nutritional Status in Colombia-2005 (ENSIN) and the Demographic and Health Survey-2005 (DHS), this paper estimates the impact of nutrition on schooling outcomes. The results suggest that anemic children have a higher probability of lagging behind in school. Malnutrition, defined by anthropometric measures, does not have an impact on schooling lags. School attendance seems to be unrelated to nutrition measures. The results are consistent under different specifications.

Keywords: School Attendance, Schooling Lag, Nutrition, Micronutrients

JEL Classification: I12, I20, O1

Suggested Citation

Gaviria, Alejandro and Hoyos, Alejandro, Anemia and Child Education: The Case of Colombia (September 1, 2010). Documento CEDE No. 2010-25, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1705478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1705478

Alejandro Gaviria (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

Alejandro Hoyos

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia ( email )

Carrera Primera # 18A-12
Bogota, DC D.C. 110311
Colombia

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