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Determinants of Investment in Health Of Boys and Girls: Evidence from Rural Households of Tamil Nadu, India

  • P. Duraisamy

    (University of Madras)

  • Malathy Duraisamy

    (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras)

This study examines the determinants of investment in health of boys and girls, measured by child survival and preventive health care, among rural households of Tamil Nadu. The family decision concerning child health is formulated in a neoclassical common preference framework. The Nash-bargaining model is outlined as an alternative approach to study family behaviour and its empirical implication is described. The empirical tests show that there is some evidence of differential effects of non labour income (measured by the value of assets) of fathers and mothers thus rejecting the asset pooling implication of the neoclassical model. The differential impact of assets and education of fathers and mothers on the child survival and preventive health care are analysed. There are, apparently, differences in the allocation of household resources to health depending on the gender of the child. The impact of public program variables on child health measures are also examined.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics in its journal Indian Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 30 (1995)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 51-68

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Handle: RePEc:dse:indecr:v:30:y:1995:i:1:p:51-68
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