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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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  • P. Duraisamy & Malathy Duraisamy, 1995. "Determinants of Investment in Health Of Boys and Girls: Evidence from Rural Households of Tamil Nadu, India," Indian Economic Review, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, vol. 30(1), pages 51-68, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:dse:indecr:v:30:y:1995:i:1:p:51-68

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    4. Raushan, Rajesh & Mutharayappa, R., 2014. "Social disparity in child morbidity and curative care: Investigating for determining factors from rural India," Working Papers 314, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.
    5. Pedro P. Barros & Xavier Martinez-Giralt, 2002. "Preventive health care and payment systems to providers," UFAE and IAE Working Papers 507.02, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC).
    6. Bhalotra, Sonia, 2002. "Welfare Implications of Fiscal Reform: The Case of Food Subsidies in India," WIDER Working Paper Series 032, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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    JEL classification:

    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets


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