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The Impact of Nutritional Status on Agricultural Productivity: Wage Evidence from the Philippines

Lawrence Haddad and Howarth Bouis

Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 1991, vol. 53, issue 1, 45-68

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of individual nutritional status on agricultural wage rates in southern Philippine province. Empirical results concur with other studies which have shown a positive relationship between nutritional status and labor productivity, as measured by wages for agricultural laborers and/or own-farm output, after controlling for simultaneity and a number of other effects. However, the authors' result from better height, a cumulative measure of the absence of poor diets and infection in early childhood, rather than from short-run (calorie intake) or medium-run (weight-for-height) proxies of nutritional status. This implies that short-to-medium-run policies designed to improve calorie intakes and weights of adults will have little impact on agricultural productivity. Rather, productivity increases through better health and nutrition will be more fully realized with a substantial lag as better nourished, healthier children attain better adult height. Copyright 1991 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Date: 1991
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