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Child Health in Uganda: Policy Determinants and Measurement

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  • David Lawson
  • Simon Appleton

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This paper uses data on anthropometric status and reported illness in Uganda to estimate the socio-economic determinants of children's health. After controlling for endogeneity, we find higher household income greatly raises child health. Parental education also improves the health of pre-schoolers when measured by anthropometric indicators, but not when measured by reported illness. This suggests a serious reporting bias with using the reported illness as a health indicator for children and raises questions over the reliability of such data for future empirical analysis. No consistent benefits for child health are identified from policy variables for water, infrastructure or local health services. Cet article �tudie les d�terminants de la d�cision de migration avec un accent particulier mis sur le r�le des �carts de revenus. Le choix des migrants n'�tant pas d� au hasard, le biais de s�lectivit� de l'�uqation de migration a �t� corrig� par la proc�dure de Heckman. Les donn�es de cette �tude ont �t� collect�es selon une approche de cadre d'�chantillonnage commun (Common Sampling Frame) qui fournit une grande vari�t� de s�ries de donn�es. Les r�sultats empiriques montrent des impacts statistiquement significatifs des �carts de revenus sur les d�cisions de m�nages de participer aux migrations. Ils confirment l'importance des incitations �conomiques pour le processus de prise de d�cision des m�nages. De plus, des facteure tels des exp�riences de migrations ant�rieures, la taille des m�nages, l'�ducation, le capital social, les r�seaux ethniques, les activit�s non agricoles et l'irrigation expliquent �galement les d�cisions migratoires.

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Article provided by Taylor and Francis Journals in its journal The European Journal of Development Research.

Volume (Year): 19 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 210-233

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Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjdr:v:19:y:2007:i:2:p:210-233

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  1. Sarah Ssewanyana & Ibrahim Kasirye, 2012. "Causes of Health Inequalities in Uganda: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Surveys," African Development Review, African Development Bank, vol. 24(4), pages 327-341.

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