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Birthweight outcomes in Bolivia: The role of maternal height, ethnicity, and behavior

Marcelo Delajara and Florian Wendelspiess Chávez Juárez ()

Economics & Human Biology, 2013, vol. 11, issue 1, 56-68

Abstract: We identify maternal behavioral factors associated with birthweight in Bolivia using data from the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) of 2003. We estimate birthweight as a function of maternal behavior and the child's sex and gestational age. We control for maternal height, ethnicity, education, and wealth, and for differences observed across Bolivian regions in educational and health outcomes, demographic indicators, and altitude. We find that maternal age, fertility record, and birth spacing behavior are the main observable behavioral factors associated with birthweight, and that maternal height is associated with gestational age, a main determinant of birthweight. We also find that after controlling for gestational age, both ethnicity and altitude have an insignificant effect on birthweight.

Keywords: Birthweight; Health production function; Bolivia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 N36 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2012.03.004

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