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Weather shocks and nutritional status of disadvantaged children in Vietnam


  • Edoka, I.


This study uses the Vietnam Young Lives Survey to investigate the impact of small-scale weather shocks on child nutritional status as well as the mechanism through which weather shocks affect child nutritional status. The results show that small-scale weather shocks negatively affect child nutritional status and total household per capita consumption and expenditure (PCCE) but not food PCCE. Disaggregating total food PCCE into consumption of high-nutrient and energy-rich food shows that households protect food consumption by decreasing consumption of high-nutrient food and increasing consumption of affordable but low quality food. This suggests that the impact of small-scale weather shocks on child health is mediated through a reduction in the quality of dietary intake. Finally, this study shows evidence of a differential impact of weather shocks in children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. The impact of weather shocks is observed to be greater amongst children from wealthier households compared to children from poorer households.

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  • Edoka, I., 2013. "Weather shocks and nutritional status of disadvantaged children in Vietnam," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 13/10, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
  • Handle: RePEc:yor:hectdg:13/10

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    1. Fichera, Eleonora & Savage, David, 2015. "Income and Health in Tanzania. An Instrumental Variable Approach," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 66(C), pages 500-515.

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    Weather shocks; Height-for-age Z-scores; Household consumption;

    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development


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