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Alok Bhargava

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269143.001.0001

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Nutrition and child health outcomes in developing countries

Nutrition and child health outcomes in developing countries

(p.41) 3 Nutrition and child health outcomes in developing countries
Food, Economics, and Health

Alok Bhargava

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of socio-economic, nutritional, and environmental factors on indicators of child health such as height, weight, and sicknesses. The approaches used in the biomedical field has been contrasted with those in economics and an integrated framework is proposed for estimating comprehensive empirical models for health indicators. It is shown that econometric techniques can be applied for tackling the endogeneity of explanatory variables in the health relationships. By invoking assumptions that are consistent with the biomedical literature, the econometric approach can incorporate the framework in the anthropometric assessment literature.

Keywords:   food, nutritional intake, children, height, weight, health indicators

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