The Long-Term Cognitive Consequences of Early Childhood Malnutrition: The Case of Famine in Ghana

58 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2012 Last revised: 24 Oct 2013

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Samuel Kofi Ampaabeng

IMPAQ International, LLC; Clark University - Department of Economics

Chih Ming Tan

University of North Dakota - College of Business & Public Administration - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 11, 2013

Abstract

We examine the role of early childhood health in human capital accumulation. Using a unique data set from Ghana with comprehensive information on individual, family, community, school quality characteristics and a direct measure of intelligence together with test scores, we examine the long term cognitive effects of the 1983 famine on survivors. We show that differences in intelligence test scores can be robustly explained by the differential impact of the famine in different parts of the country and children under two years during the famine were most adversely affected. We also account for model uncertainty by using Bayesian Model Averaging.

Keywords: cognitive development, early childhood malnutrition, famine, Bayesian model averaging, Ghana

JEL Classification: C11, C26, C52, I15, I25, O12, O15, O55

Suggested Citation

Ampaabeng, Samuel Kofi and Tan, Chih Ming, The Long-Term Cognitive Consequences of Early Childhood Malnutrition: The Case of Famine in Ghana (May 11, 2013). Journal of Health Economics, 32(6), p. 1013-1027, 2013., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2029030 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2029030

Samuel Kofi Ampaabeng

IMPAQ International, LLC ( email )

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Chih Ming Tan (Contact Author)

University of North Dakota - College of Business & Public Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

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Grand Forks, ND 58202-8369
United States

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