How responsive is body weight to transitory income changes? Evidence from rural Tanzania
AbstractWe use time-series of rainfall to estimate the response of body weight to transitory changes in household income in rural Tanzania. We find that the response of body weight to income changes is positive on average, but that the impact is highest for female children, and lower for adults. For female children, a ten-percent increase in household income implies an increase in body weight by about 0.4Â kg. In contrast, the body weight of adolescents and young adults is virtually invariant to income changes.
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- Bengtsson, Niklas, 2007. "How responsive is body weight to transitory income changes? Evidence from rural Tanzania," Working Paper Series 2007:20, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
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- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- O12 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
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