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Mother's Education Effect on Child Health: An Econometric Analysis of Child Anthropometry in Uganda

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  • Abusaleh Shariff

    (National Council of Applied Economic Research)

  • Namkee Ahn

    (Universidad del Pais Vasco Avenida Lehendakari Aguirre,83, Spain)

This paper reports a methodology for analysis and presents the determinants of the child health in Uganda. A two-stage method which evaluates the effects of covariates on child's height-for-age and weight-for-height after controlling for the selectivity bias caused by child mortality is demonstrated to be necessary. This analysis documents the significant effect of mother's education on the long-term health measure(height-for-age) of children less than five years of age. Parental education have positive but not significant association with the short-term (weight-for-height) measure of health. However, mother's education improves child's height-for-age more in urban areas than in rural areas. The positive effects of radio ownership on weight-for-height are much greater among the uneducated mothers. It has also been found that the benefits of mother's education are greater for sons than for daughters.

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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): 2 (July)
Pages: 203-222

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Handle: RePEc:dse:indecr:v:30:y:1995:i:2:p:203-222
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