Child health and schooling achievement in Bangladesh

Khanam, Rasheda (2014) Child health and schooling achievement in Bangladesh. International Journal of Social Economics, 41 (1). pp. 60-74. ISSN 0306-8293

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Purpose: This paper examines the impact of child health (measured by nutritional status) on schooling performance of Bangladeshi children.
Design/methodology/approach: The data set used in this study comes from a survey titled 'Micronutrient and Gender Study (MNGS) in Bangladesh'. The survey was administered by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). We control for the potential endogeneity of child health by an instrumental variables approach. Our results indicate that the impact of child health on school achievement will be overestimated if endogeneity of child health is ignored.
Findings: Our results reveal that child health has significant effects on school enrolment and grade attainment, although it does not affect current school attendance. The impact of child health is stronger for school enrolment compared to grade attainment.
Originality/value: This study improves our understanding on the relationship between child health and schooling in several ways. First, we control for the potential endogeneity of child health by an instrumental variables approach. Our chosen instrumental variables (i.e., heights of father and mother) are strong predictors of child health, and satisfy the validity test. Second, this study examines the effects of child health on wide ranges of schooling measures: enrolment, attendance and attainment.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 05:31
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 04:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: child health; school attainment; Bangladesh
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111704 Community Child Health
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/IJSE-11-2012-0132

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