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The impact of child health and nutrition on education in developing countries: Theory, econometric issues, and recent empirical evidence

Author: Glewwe, Paul

Source: Food & Nutrition Bulletin, Volume 26, Supplement 2, June 2005 , pp. 235-250(16)

Publisher: Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation

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Abstract:

Analysis of the impact of child health and nutrition on subsequent school performance is hampered by many difficulties. Research using retrospective data is complicated by the possibility that unobserved factors may determine both nutrition and education outcomes, which will generate correlation between these two outcomes that is not necessarily causal. Randomized trials offer a clearer method for identifying causal relationships, but they are relatively rare and encounter several difficulties in practice. This paper examines theory, estimation strategies, and recent empirical evidence to assess the current state of knowledge on the impact of child health and nutrition on education outcomes in developing countries.

Keywords: CHILD HEALTH; CHILD NUTRITION; CROSS-SECTIONAL DATA; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; ECONOMETRICS; EDUCATION; ESTIMATION; PANEL DATA; RANDOMIZED TRIALS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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  • Established in 1978, the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation.

    The focus of the journal is to highlight original scientific articles on nutrition research, policy analyses, and state-of-the-art summaries relating to multidisciplinary efforts to alleviate the problems of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world.

    Food and Nutrition Bulletin's 2012 Impact Factor: 2.106
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