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From better schools to better nourishment: evidence from a school-building program in India

Somdeep Chatterjee

IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2020, vol. 10, issue 1, 13

Abstract: This is a short paper analyzing the potential effects of a targeted school-building program on health indicators. The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) program in India intended to build residential schools for girls from historically disadvantaged sections of the society, providing a unique multifaceted policy setting with tenets of gender equality, affirmative action, and infrastructure reform in education. Exploiting the potentially exogenous cross-sectional variations generated by the institutional features of implementation of this intervention, I run triple-difference regressions to find that the program led to increases in body mass index (BMI) among the underweight. There seems to be a positive correlation between KGBV exposure and probability of being in the “healthy” band of BMI indicators.

Keywords: health; education for girls; BMI; affirmative action (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I15 I25 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.2478/izajolp-2020-0002

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