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Anemia and Child Education: The Case of Colombia

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  • Alejandro Gaviria

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  • Alejandro Hoyos

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Welfare programs in Colombia have been focused on reducing malnutrition and hunger and on increasing school attendance rates. However, there is not much evidence on the hypothesized relationship between nutrition and education. Using the National Survey of Nutritional Status in Colombia - 2005 (ENSIN) and the Demographic and Health Survey -2005 (DHS), this paper estimates the impact of nutrition on schooling outcomes. The results suggest that anemic children have a higher probability of lagging behind in school. Malnutrition, defined by anthropometric measures, does not have an impact on schooling lags. School attendance seems to be unrelated to nutrition measures. The results are consistent under different specifications.

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  • Alejandro Gaviria & Alejandro Hoyos, 2010. "Anemia and Child Education: The Case of Colombia," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 007610, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
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    1. Alcazar, Lorena, 2013. "The economic impact of anaemia in Peru," Libros, Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE), edition 1, number 2013-1-en.

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    Keywords

    school attendance; schooling lag; nutrition; micronutrients;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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