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Roberta Ziparo (AMSE)

Publié le 22 mai 2019 Mis à jour le 28 mai 2019
Le 28 mai 2019 De 12:30 à 14:00
Pôle Tertiaire - Site La Rotonde - 26 avenue Léon Blum - 63000 Clermont-Ferrand
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Sweet child of mine: Income, health and inequality

co-auteurs : Nicolas Berman et Lorenzo Rotunno


We study the effect of income shocks on child health and strategic investment across siblings using data on more than 1 million children from multiple waves of the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) spanning 52 developing countries. We identify income shocks using information on the variation of the world prices of locally produced commodities from 1960 to 2016. We find that (i) temporary income shocks in utero and in the first year of life positively aect survival, anthropometric indicators and long-term health investment up to five years after the shock; (ii) households allocate more resources to children born in good times relative to their siblings. This within-household reallocation has important implications for child health inequality. In regressions at the regional level, health disparities across siblings are found to be larger when children are exposed to higher crop prices."

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