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Complementarities in the Production of Child Health

Abramovsky, Laura and Augsburg, Britta and Jervis, Pamela and Malde, Bansi and Phimister, Angus (2019) Complementarities in the Production of Child Health. Working paper. Institute for Fiscal Studies 10.1920/wp.ifs.2019.1519. (doi:10.1920/wp.ifs.2019.1519) (KAR id:77458)


We estimate flexible child health production functions to investigate whether better water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices make nutrition intake more productive for children aged 6{24 months. Using Filipino cohort data and a control function approach, we show that WASH and nutrition are complements in the formation of child height and weight. The productivities of these inputs vary with child gender: nutritional intake is more productive for boys, while WASH investments are more productive for girls. Nutritional and WASH conditions faced by sample children are similar to those currently encountered by poor children in low-income settings.

Item Type: Reports and Papers (Working paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1920/wp.ifs.2019.1519
Uncontrolled keywords: child health; sanitation; nutrition; complementarities; health production function
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Bansi Malde
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 08:10 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 03:16 UTC
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