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Household responses to information on child nutrition: experimental evidence from Malawi

  • Emla Fitzsimons

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Bansi Malde

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Alice Mesnard

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Marcos Vera-Hernandez

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London)

This paper provides evidence on household responses to the relaxation of one barrier constraining adoption of health practices - lack of information - in a resource constrained setting. It examines the effects of a randomized intervention in Malawi which provides mothers with information on infant nutrition and health. It finds that the intervention results in increases in household food consumption, particularly of protein-rich foods by children. The increased household consumption is funded by increased father’s labor supply, constituting evidence that changes in the perceived child health production function affect adult labor supply. Improved consumption also results in better child health.

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Paper provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its series IFS Working Papers with number W12/07.

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Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:12/07
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