Whose education affects a child’s nutritional status? From parents' to household's education
The paper provides two contributions to the ongoing debate on the determinants of child nutrition in developing countries. First, based on data from Mozambique, it provides evidence of the externalities generated by the literacy of household members different from the child’s parents. Second, by means of seemingly unrelated regression together with formal testing, it shows that there is no statistically significant difference in the (positive) effect of parents’ education on two different indicators of child nutrition: height-for-age and weight-for-age. The presence of another literate member of the household, instead, affects only the children’s height. As a conclusion, the paper reinforces the evidence of the robust relationship between household’s education and child anthropometry, and highlights the need to include variables reflecting non-parents literacy/education, whose role is often neglected.
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