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Child Health in Uganda: Policy Determinants and Measurement


  • David Lawson
  • Simon Appleton


This paper uses data on anthropometric status and reported illness in Uganda to estimate the socio-economic determinants of children's health. After controlling for endogeneity, we find higher household income greatly raises child health. Parental education also improves the health of pre-schoolers when measured by anthropometric indicators, but not when measured by reported illness. This suggests a serious reporting bias with using the reported illness as a health indicator for children and raises questions over the reliability of such data for future empirical analysis. No consistent benefits for child health are identified from policy variables for water, infrastructure or local health services. Cet article étudie les déterminants de la décision de migration avec un accent particulier mis sur le rôle des écarts de revenus. Le choix des migrants n'étant pas dû au hasard, le biais de sélectivité de l'éuqation de migration a été corrigé par la procédure de Heckman. Les données de cette étude ont été collectées selon une approche de cadre d'échantillonnage commun (Common Sampling Frame) qui fournit une grande variété de séries de données. Les résultats empiriques montrent des impacts statistiquement significatifs des écarts de revenus sur les décisions de ménages de participer aux migrations. Ils confirment l'importance des incitations économiques pour le processus de prise de décision des ménages. De plus, des facteure tels des expériences de migrations antérieures, la taille des ménages, l'éducation, le capital social, les réseaux ethniques, les activités non agricoles et l'irrigation expliquent également les décisions migratoires.

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  • David Lawson & Simon Appleton, 2007. "Child Health in Uganda: Policy Determinants and Measurement," The European Journal of Development Research, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 19(2), pages 210-233.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjdr:v:19:y:2007:i:2:p:210-233
    DOI: 10.1080/09578810701289022

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    1. Sarah Ssewanyana & Ibrahim Kasirye, 2012. "Causes of Health Inequalities in Uganda: Evidence from the Demographic and Health Surveys," African Development Review, African Development Bank, vol. 24(4), pages 327-341.
    2. John Cockburn & Ibrahim Kasirye & Jane Kabubo-Mariara & Luca Tiberti & Gemma Ahaibwe, 2014. "Situation Analysis of Child Poverty and Deprivation in Uganda," Working Papers PMMA 2014-03, PEP-PMMA.

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