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Does More Schooling Make Women Better Nourished and Healthier? Adult Sibling Random and Fixed Effects Estimates for Nicaragua

Jere Behrman and Barbara Wolfe ()

Journal of Human Resources, 1989, vol. 24, issue 4, 644-663

Abstract: There is debate on whether schooling causes increases in productivity or whether the estimated relationships reflect ability, knowledge, tastes etc., that are associated with schooling. This paper examines the impact of women's schooling on women's health and nutrition with and without controls for unobserved childhood background factors related to ability and motivation. Random and fixed effects models are estimated using data on adult sisters. Both sets of estimates reinforce the relationships found in standard estimates-that women's schooling positively affects their health and nutrient intakes; the latter result is particularly robust.

Date: 1989
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