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Sanitation and child health in India

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  • Britta Augsburg

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Paul Rodríguez-Lesmes

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Abstract

Our study contributes to the understanding of key drivers of stunted growth, a factor widely recognized as major impediment to human capital development. Speci cally, we examine the e ffects of sanitation coverage and usage on child height for age in a semi-urban setting in Northern India. We use instrumental variables to control for endogeneity of sanitation usage coverage. We fi nd that sanitation coverage plays a signi cant and positive role in height growth during the fi rst years of life.

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  • Britta Augsburg & Paul Rodríguez-Lesmes, 2015. "Sanitation and child health in India," IFS Working Papers W15/32, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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    child health; sanitation coverage; open defecation; India;
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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure

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