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The Effect of Vaccination on Children's Physical and Cognitive Development in the Philippines

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  • David E. Bloom

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    (Harvard School of Public Health)

  • David Canning

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    (Harvard School of Public Health)

  • Erica Seigner

Abstract

We use data from the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey in the Philippines to link vaccination in the first two years of life with later physical and cognitive development in children. We use propensity score matching to estimate the causal effect of vaccination on child development. We find no effect of vaccination on later height or weight, but full childhood vaccination for measles, polio, TB, and DPT significantly increases cognitive test scores relative to matched children who received no vaccinations. The size of the effect is large, raising test scores, on average, by about half a standard deviation.

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Paper provided by Program on the Global Demography of Aging in its series PGDA Working Papers with number 6911.

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Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:gdm:wpaper:6911

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Keywords: vaccination; Phiippines; cognitive development;

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  1. Julia Driessen & Abdur Razzaque & Damian Walker & David Canning, 2011. "The Effect of Childhood Measles Vaccination on School Enrollment in Matlab, Bangladesh," PGDA Working Papers 8111, Program on the Global Demography of Aging.

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