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Does Women's Empowerment Reduce Prevalence of Stunted and Underweight Children in Rural India?

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  • Katsushi Imai

    (Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester (UK) and RIEB, Kobe University (Japan))

  • Samuel Kobina Annim

    (Department of Economics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana)

  • Veena S. Kulkarni

    (Department of Criminology, Sociology & Geography, Arkansas State University, USA)

  • Raghav Gaiha

    (Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, India)

Abstract

This study investigates whether mother's empowerment as measured by her bargaining power relative to father's affects children's nutritional status using the three rounds of NFHS data in India. First, the relative educational attainment of mothers significantly contributes to z scores pertaining to the short-term measures of nutritional status of children. Besides, the quantile regression results show strong associations between women's bargaining power and better nutritional status of children in terms of the long-term measure of nutrition at the low end of its conditional distribution. Finally, we find the relation between access to health schemes and better nutritional measures of children.

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Paper provided by Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number DP2013-33.

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Keywords: Child Nutrition; Malnutrition; Empowerment; Bargaining; NFHS; NCAER; Quantile Regressions; Pseudo Panel; India;

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  1. Katsushi S. Imai & Raghav Gaiha & Woojin Kang & Samuel Annim & Ganesh Thapa, 2012. "Does Risk Matter? A Semi-parametric Model for Educational Choices in the Presence of Uncertainty," The School of Economics Discussion Paper Series 1226, Economics, The University of Manchester.
  2. You, Jing, 2013. "The role of microcredit in older children’s nutrition: Quasi-experimental evidence from rural China," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 167-179.
  3. Katsushi S. Imai & Takahiro Sato, 2013. "Recent Changes in Micro-Level Determinants of Fertility in India: Evidence from National Family Health Survey Data," Discussion Paper Series DP2013-05, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
  4. Katsushi S. Imai & Raghav Gaiha & Ganesh Thapa, 2012. "Does Non-farm Sector Employment reduce Rural Poverty and Vulnerability? Evidence from Vietnam and India," Discussion Paper Series DP2012-25, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University, revised Nov 2012.

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