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Household Responses to Information on Child Nutrition: Experimental Evidence from Malawi

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  • Fitzsimons, Emla
  • Malde, Bansi
  • Mesnard, Alice
  • Vera-Hernández, Marcos

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This paper provides evidence on household responses to the relaxation of one barrier constraining adoption of health practices - lack of information - in a resource constrained setting. It examines the effects of a randomized intervention in Malawi which provides mothers with information on infant nutrition and health. It finds that the intervention results in increases in household food consumption, particularly of protein-rich foods by children. The increased household consumption is funded by increased father’s labor supply, constituting evidence that changes in the perceived child health production function affect adult labor supply. Improved consumption also results in better child health.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 8915.

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Date of creation: Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:8915

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  1. Álvarez, Begoña & Vera-Hernández, Marcos, 2013. "Exploiting subjective information to understand impoverished children's use of health care," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 1194-1204.
  2. Macours, Karen, 2012. "Volatility, Risk and Household Poverty: Micro-evidence from Randomized Control Trials," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 128293, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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