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The Impact of Prime Age Adult Mortality on Child Survival and Growth in Rural Ethiopia

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  • Kadiyala, Suneetha
  • Quisumbing, Agnes
  • Rogers, Beatrice
  • Webb, Patrick

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Summary Using Ethiopia rural household survey (ERHS) panel data set (1994-97), we evaluated the impact of prime age adult mortality on child survival and growth. We employed propensity score matching (PSM) with difference-in-difference (DID) estimators to control for endogeneity of adult mortality to child survival and growth. Bereavement (child living in a household with adult mortality) increased the probability of child mortality, with girls faring worse than boys. Bereaved boys and the poorest surviving bereaved children grew one third of a standard deviation slower than their matched non-bereaved counterparts in the same group. Preventing adult mortality is an important policy strategy to improve children's health and longevity.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 37 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (June)
Pages: 1116-1128

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:37:y:2009:i:6:p:1116-1128

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Keywords: adult mortality child mortality child growth propensity score matching Africa Ethiopia;

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  1. de Brauw, Alan & Mueller, Valerie & Woldehanna, Tassew, 2011. "Insurance motives to remit: Evidence from a matched sample of Ethiopian internal migrants," IFPRI discussion papers 1090, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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  3. de Brauw, Alan & Mueller, Valerie & Woldehanna, Tassew, 2013. "Motives to Remit: Evidence from Tracked Internal Migrants in Ethiopia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 13-23.
  4. Laura Camfield, 2011. "Outcomes of Orphanhood in Ethiopia: A Mixed Methods Study," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 104(1), pages 87-102, October.

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