Varied Patterns of Catch-Up in Child Growth: Evidence From Young Lives

Forthcoming in Social Science and Medicine

37 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2018

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Paul Anand

The Open University - Department of Economics; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS); IZA; University of Oxford

Jere Behrman

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

Hai-Anh Dang

World Bank - Development Data Group (DECDG)

Sam Jones

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 12, 2018

Abstract

The development of human capabilities for many disadvantaged children around the world depends on growth recovery (‘catch-up growth’). Here we develop a novel framework that allows different types of catch-up growth to be classified and estimated. We distinguish between catch-up in the mean of a group toward that of a healthy reference population versus catch-up within the group. We show these different growth types can be tested in a unified setting using a latent growth framework. We apply the results to four developing countries, using longitudinal data on 7,641 children collected over the period 2002-2013. The results show catch-up growth rates are generally modest but vary significantly between countries, and that local environmental factors are material to variation in child growth trajectories. The paper discusses the benefits of the new framework versus current methods, shows that the method is feasible, and suggests they call for intervention designs that are sensitive to community and country contexts.

Suggested Citation

Anand, Paul and Behrman, Jere R. and Dang, Hai-Anh H. and Jones, Sam, Varied Patterns of Catch-Up in Child Growth: Evidence From Young Lives (July 12, 2018). Forthcoming in Social Science and Medicine. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3212999

Paul Anand

The Open University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Jere R. Behrman

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Sam Jones

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