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Child Growth in the Time of Drought


  • John Hoddinott
  • Bill Kinsey


This paper examines the impact of rainfall shocks on a measure of child health, growth in height, drawing on a unique household panel data set from rural Zimbabwe. We find that children aged 12 to 24 months lose 1.5‐2 cm of growth in the aftermath of a drought. Catch‐up growth in these children is limited so that this growth faltering has a permanent effect. By contrast, there is no evidence that older children experience a slowdown in growth. There is some evidence that the loss in growth is unequally distributed with children residing in poorer households and offspring of women who are daughters of the household head appearing to be especially vulnerable.

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  • John Hoddinott & Bill Kinsey, 2001. "Child Growth in the Time of Drought," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 63(4), pages 409-436, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:63:y:2001:i:4:p:409-436
    DOI: 10.1111/1468-0084.t01-1-00227

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