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The Height of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Role of Health, Nutrition, and Income in Childhood

  • Yoko Akachi
  • David Canning

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    (Harvard School of Public Health)

Most of the variation in height across countries in Sub-Saharan Africa is due to fixed effects, however, we find that variations in cohort height over time are sensitive to changes in infant mortality rate, GDP per capita, and protein intake, both at birth and in adolescence.

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Paper provided by Program on the Global Demography of Aging in its series PGDA Working Papers with number 2207.

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Date of creation: May 2007
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