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How can infrastructures reduce child malnutrition and health inequalities? Evidence from Guatemala

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  • Thomas Poder

    (UETMIS - CHU de Sherbrooke, GREDI - Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Jie He

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    (University of Sherbrooke, GREDI)

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Abstract

With the propensity score matching method, we carried out an average benefit incidence analysis that helps disclose those who really benefited from the sanitary services in Guatemala. Specifically, we tested the role of income, maternal education and social capital on how sanitary infrastructures affect child health. Results indicated that the child health benefits from infrastructure increase (decrease) with the household’s socioeconomic status when the infrastructure is a complement (substitute) of the private inputs provided by the household, and that the role of the infrastructure (complement or substitute) itself depends on the household’s socioeconomic status. Finally, results revealed that the battle against child malnutrition and health inequalities could be improved by combining sanitary infrastructure investments with effective public promotion of maternal education, social trust, and poverty reduction.

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Paper provided by Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 11-13.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:shr:wpaper:11-13

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Keywords: Malnutrition; infrastructure; health inequality; Guatemala;

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