Tall Claims: Mortality Selection and the Height of Children

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Harold Alderman

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Michael Lokshin

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

Sergiy Radyakin

World Bank

Date Written: October 1, 2011

Abstract

Data from three rounds of nationally representative health surveys in India are used to assess the impact of selective mortality on children?s anthropometrics. The nutritional status of the child population was simulated under the counterfactual scenario that all children who died in the first three years of life were alive at the time of measurement. The simulations demonstrate that the difference in anthropometrics due to selective mortality would be large only if there were very large differences in anthropometrics between the children who died and those who survived. Differences of this size are not substantiated by the research on the degree of association between mortality and malnutrition. The study shows that although mortality risk is higher among malnourished children, selective mortality has only a minor impact on the measured nutritional status of children or on that status distinguished by gender.

Keywords: Health Monitoring & Evaluation, Population Policies, Youth and Governance, Adolescent Health, Early Child and Children's Health

Suggested Citation

Alderman, Harold and Lokshin, Michael and Radyakin, Sergiy, Tall Claims: Mortality Selection and the Height of Children (October 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5846, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1946150

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Sergiy Radyakin

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