Is There Complete, Partial, or No Recovery from Childhood Malnutrition? – Empirical Evidence from Indonesia

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Subha Mani

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill

Date Written: October 2012

Abstract

This article uses a dynamic panel data model to identify the impact of early nutritional deficiencies on individuals’ health status in later ages. We find that poor nutrition at young ages causes some, but not severe retardation in the growth of future height indicating partial recovery from chronic malnourishment. The results also indicate that – younger children, stunted children, and children who live in communities with six or more health posts exhibit larger recovery. The estimation strategy used here is especially attractive as it relies on weaker stochastic assumptions compared to earlier work in the literature.

JEL Classification: I10, O12, R20, D10

Suggested Citation

Mani, Subha, Is There Complete, Partial, or No Recovery from Childhood Malnutrition? – Empirical Evidence from Indonesia (October 2012). Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 74, Issue 5, pp. 691-715, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2145155 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0084.2011.00670.x

Subha Mani (Contact Author)

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill ( email )

United States

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