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Using graphical chain models to analyze differences in structural correlates of undernutrition in Benin and Bangladesh

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  • Foraita, Ronja
  • Klasen, Stephan
  • Pigeot, Iris

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Undernutrition among children is one of the most important health problems in developing countries. In order to understand the complex pathways affecting undernutrition which is crucial for policy interventions, one needs to explicitly model the dependence chain of immediate, intermediate, and underlying factors affecting undernutrition. Graphical chain models are used here to investigate the determinants of undernutrition in Benin and Bangladesh. While the dependence chain affecting undernutrition contains many common elements, the influence of demographic, cultural, and socioeconomic factors seems to have stronger direct and indirect influences in Benin than in Bangladesh, where many socioeconomic and gender related factors have a more direct influence on undernutrition.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics & Human Biology.

Volume (Year): 6 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 398-419

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ehbiol:v:6:y:2008:i:3:p:398-419

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Keywords: Bangladesh Benin Conditional independence Graphical chain models Model selection Undernutrition;

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  1. de Haen, Hartwig & Klasen, Stephan & Qaim, Matin, 2011. "What do we really know? Metrics for food insecurity and undernutrition," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(6), pages 760-769.
  2. Nguefack-Tsague, Georges & Dapi N., Léonie, 2011. "Multidimensional Nature of Undernutrition: A Statistical Approach," MPRA Paper 29246, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Maria Carmela Lo Bue, 2014. "What drives child health improvements in Indonesian households? A micro-level perspective on complementarities in MDG achievements," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 155, Courant Research Centre PEG.

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