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Improvements in children’s health: Does inequality matter?

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  • David Sahn

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  • Stephen Younger

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The literature on the contributions to poverty reduction of average improvements in living standards vs. distributional changes uses only one measure of well-being – income or expenditure. Given that poverty is defined by deprivation over different dimensions, we explore the role of average improvements and distributional changes in children’s health and nutrition using the height of young children as our measure of well-being. Similar to the income literature, we find that shifts in the mean level of heights, not changes in distribution, account for most improvements in heights. Unlike the literature on income inequality, however, there is a positive association between improvements in average heights and reduced dispersion of those heights. Copyright Springer 2005

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Volume (Year): 3 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 125-143

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jecinq:v:3:y:2005:i:2:p:125-143

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Keywords: distribution; health and nutrition;

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Cited by:
  1. Duclos, Jean-Yves & Sahn, David E. & Younger, Stephen D., 2011. "Partial multidimensional inequality orderings," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(3), pages 225-238.
  2. World Bank, 2013. "Burkina Faso : Non-Monetary Poverty and Gender Inequalities, 1993-2010 Trends," World Bank Other Operational Studies 15992, The World Bank.
  3. Obert Pimhidzai, 2011. "The fate of Zimbabwe's children: Insights from changes in nutrition outcomes, 1999-2006," SALDRU Working Papers 67, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
  4. David E. Sahn & Stephen D. Younger, 2009. "Measuring intra‐household health inequality: explorations using the body mass index," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(S1), pages S13-S36, April.
  5. David Sahn, 2009. "Weights on the rise: where and for whom?," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, vol. 7(4), pages 351-370, December.
  6. Millimet, Daniel & Wang, Le, 2005. "Is the Quantity-Quality Trade-off Really a Trade-off for All?," Departmental Working Papers 0502, Southern Methodist University, Department of Economics.

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