Cities, Slums, and Child Nutrition in Bangladesh

22 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2019

Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

This study uses novel household survey data that are representative of Bangladesh's large cities, and of slum and nonslum areas within the cities, to investigate the effects of demographic and socioeconomic factors on child nutrition status in 2013. The study also decomposes the difference in mean child nutrition status between slum and nonslum areas in 2013, and the increase in mean child nutrition status in slum and nonslum areas from 2006 to 2013. Mother's education attainment and household wealth largely explain the cross-sectional difference-and intertemporal change in mean child nutrition status. Although positive in some cases, the effects of maternal and child health services, and potential health-protective household amenities, on child nutrition status differ by the type of health facility, household amenity, and urban area (slum or nonslum). Focusing on nutrition-sensitive programs for slum residents and the urban poor is consistent with the results.

Keywords: Bangladesh, urban, slum, undernutrition, height‐for‐age z scores, children

Suggested Citation

Raju, Dhushyanth and Kim, Kyoung Yang and Nguyen, Quynh Thu and Govindaraj, Ramesh, Cities, Slums, and Child Nutrition in Bangladesh (May 2019). Review of Development Economics, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 760-781, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3376848 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/rode.12564

Dhushyanth Raju (Contact Author)

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Kyoung Yang Kim

World Bank ( email )

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Quynh Thu Nguyen

World Bank

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Washington, DC 20433
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Ramesh Govindaraj

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
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