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The Long-Term Cognitive Consequences of Early Childhood Malnutrition: The Case of Famine in Ghana

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  • Samuel K. Ampaabeng

    (Department of Economics, Clark University, USA)

  • Chih Ming Tang

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    (Department of Economics, Clark University, USA)

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    We examine the role of early childhood health in human capital accumulation. Using a unique data set from Ghana with comprehensive information on individual, family, community, school quality characteristics and a direct measure of intelligence together with test scores, we examine the long-term cognitive effects of the 1983 famine on survivors. We show that differences in intelligence test scores can be robustly explained by the differential impact of the famine in different parts of the country and the impacts are most severe for children under two years of age during the famine. We also account for model uncertainty by using Bayesian Model Averaging.

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    Paper provided by The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its series Working Paper Series with number 64_12.

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    Keywords: cognitive development; early childhood malnutrition; famine; Bayesian model averaging; Ghana;

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