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The Impact of Positive and Negative Income Changes on the Height and Weight of Young Children

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  • Buser, Thomas

    () (University of Amsterdam)

  • Oosterbeek, Hessel

    () (University of Amsterdam)

  • Plug, Erik

    () (University of Amsterdam)

  • Ponce, Juan

    () (Flacso)

  • Rosero, José

    () (INEC Ecuador)

Abstract

We estimate the impact of changes in unearned income on the height and weight of young children in a developing country. As source of variation we use changes in the eligibility criteria for receipt of an unconditional cash transfer in Ecuador. Two years after families lost the transfer, which they had received for seven years, their young children weigh less, and are shorter and more likely to be stunted than young children in families that kept the cash transfer. We find no effect on young children's height and weight two years after gaining the cash transfer. Information on household expenditures suggests that a reduction of food expenditures by households that lost the transfer is the main mechanism behind this finding.

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  • Buser, Thomas & Oosterbeek, Hessel & Plug, Erik & Ponce, Juan & Rosero, José, 2014. "The Impact of Positive and Negative Income Changes on the Height and Weight of Young Children," IZA Discussion Papers 8130, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    health outcomes; developing country; poverty reduction; cash transfers;

    JEL classification:

    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models

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