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An Evaluation of the Indian Child Nutrition and Development Program


  • Kandpal, Eeshani


The Indian Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) aims to improve the physical and psychological well-being of children younger than five. However, previous evaluations find that ICDS fails to significantly impact child stunting and that program placement is faulty. My results contradict the lack of a significant treatment effect, but are consistent with problematic program placement. Previous analyses of ICDS used probit to study placement, but the distribution of state-wise ICDS coverage is negatively skewed violating the normality assumption of probit. To address this, I use beta regression to study placement and compare results with probit analysis. In addition, using Propensity Score Matching (PSM) I find evidence of a significant, positive average and quantile treatment effects on stunting. Data are from the most recent Indian Family and Health Survey (NFHS-3).

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  • Kandpal, Eeshani, 2009. "An Evaluation of the Indian Child Nutrition and Development Program," 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 49578, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea09:49578

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    1. G. Naline & Brinda Viswanathan, 2016. "Revisiting the Determinants of Child Anthropometric Indicators in India Using Seemingly Unrelated Regressions Model," Working Papers 2016-143, Madras School of Economics,Chennai,India.

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