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Does Mother'S Education Matter In Child'S Health? Evidence From South Africa

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  • Patricia Medrano
  • Catherine Rodríguez
  • Edgar Villa

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Using the 1993 South Africa Integrated Household Survey, this paper studies the effect that mother's education through the knowledge channel has on children's health using height for age Z-scores as health measure. Under a two-stage least square methodology we find that an increase in 4 years on mother's education (approximately 1 standard deviation) will lead to an increase of 0.6 standard deviations on her child's height for age Z-score. We also find, as the medical literature suggests, support for the hypothesis that mother's education is more important for children older than 24 months of age. Copyright (c) 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Economic Society of South Africa.

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Article provided by Economic Society of South Africa in its journal South African Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 76 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 612-627

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Handle: RePEc:bla:sajeco:v:76:y:2008:i:4:p:612-627

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  1. Francesco Burchi, 2012. "Whose education affects a child’s nutritional status? From parents' to household's education," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 27(23), pages 681-704, November.

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