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Anemia and Child Education: The Case of Colombia

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  • Alejandro Gaviria

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  • Alejandro Hoyos

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Welfare programs in Colombia have been focused on reducing malnutrition and hunger and on increasing school attendance rates. However, there is not much evidence on the hypothesized relationship between nutrition and education. Using the National Survey of Nutritional Status in Colombia - 2005 (ENSIN) and the Demographic and Health Survey -2005 (DHS), this paper estimates the impact of nutrition on schooling outcomes. The results suggest that anemic children have a higher probability of lagging behind in school. Malnutrition, defined by anthropometric measures, does not have an impact on schooling lags. School attendance seems to be unrelated to nutrition measures. The results are consistent under different specifications.

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Paper provided by UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE in its series DOCUMENTOS CEDE with number 007610.

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Length: 34
Date of creation: 26 Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:col:000089:007610

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Keywords: school attendance; schooling lag; nutrition; micronutrients;

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  1. Alcazar, Lorena, 2013. "The economic impact of anaemia in Peru," Libros, Grupo de AnĂ¡lisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE), edition 1, number 2013-1-en, November.

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