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Mother's Education Effect on Child Health: An Econometric Analysis of Child Anthropometry in Uganda

Abusaleh Shariff and Namkee Ahn ()
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Abusaleh Shariff: National Council of Applied Economic Research

Indian Economic Review, 1995, vol. 30, issue 2, 203-222

Abstract: This paper reports a methodology for analysis and presents the determinants of the child health in Uganda. A two-stage method which evaluates the effects of covariates on child's height-for-age and weight-for-height after controlling for the selectivity bias caused by child mortality is demonstrated to be necessary. This analysis documents the significant effect of mother's education on the long-term health measure(height-for-age) of children less than five years of age. Parental education have positive but not significant association with the short-term (weight-for-height) measure of health. However, mother's education improves child's height-for-age more in urban areas than in rural areas. The positive effects of radio ownership on weight-for-height are much greater among the uneducated mothers. It has also been found that the benefits of mother's education are greater for sons than for daughters.

JEL-codes: I1 I2 I3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1995
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