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Micro-Level Estimation of Child Undernutrition Indicators in Cambodia


  • Tomoki Fujii


One major limitation to addressing child undernutrition is a lack of the information required to target resources. This article extends the small-area estimation technique of Elbers, Lanjouw, and Lanjouw (2002, 2003) to jointly estimate multiple equations while allowing for individual-specific random errors across equations (in addition to cluster- and household-specific random errors). Estimates of the prevalence of stunting and underweight for children under age 5 in Cambodia from 17 Demographic and Health Survey strata are disaggregated into 1,594 communes by combining the Demographic and Health Survey data. The estimates are consistent with the survey-only estimates at the aggregate and primary sampling unit levels. The accuracy of the commune-level estimates is comparable to the survey-only estimates at the stratum level. The results are robust, and the estimates are useful for policy analysis and formulation. The small-area estimates can be presented in various ways. The strengths of each representation are also discussed. Copyright , Oxford University Press.

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  • Tomoki Fujii, 2010. "Micro-Level Estimation of Child Undernutrition Indicators in Cambodia," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 24(3), pages 520-553, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:wbecrv:v:24:y:2010:i:3:p:520-553

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    1. Tomoki Fujii, 2013. "Geographic decomposition of inequality in health and wealth: evidence from Cambodia," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 11(3), pages 373-392, September.
    2. Jolliffe,Dean Mitchell & Dang,Hai-Anh H. & Carletto,Calogero & Dang,Hai-Anh H. & Jolliffe,Dean Mitchell & Carletto,Calogero, 2017. "Data gaps, data incomparability, and data imputation : a review of poverty measurement methods for data-scarce environments," Policy Research Working Paper Series 8282, The World Bank.
    3. Buehler, Dorothee C. & Hartje, Rebecca C. & Grote, Ulrike, 2016. "Don’t Forget about the Children – Latent Food Insecurity in Rural Cambodia," 90th Annual Conference, April 4-6, 2016, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 236333, Agricultural Economics Society.
    4. repec:exl:29stat:v:18:y:2017:i:2:p:329-360 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Ferre, Celine & Ferreira, Francisco H.G. & Lanjouw, Peter, 2010. "Is there a metropolitan bias ? the inverse relationship between poverty and city size in selected developing countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5508, The World Bank.
    6. Elbers, Chris & van der Weide, Roy, 2014. "Estimation of normal mixtures in a nested error model with an application to small area estimation of poverty and inequality," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6962, The World Bank.

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