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Nutritional status and access to clean fuels: Evidence from South Asia

Priya Bhagowalia and Parul Gupta

No 103728, 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Abstract: Indoor air pollution due to solid fuels is among the ten most important risk factors in global burden of disease leading to respiratory diseases, anaemia, blindness and other disorders. This study examines the correlations between fuel choice and the nutritional status of children. We also explore if factors such as income, kitchen location and education play any role in conditioning fuel choice. Our results suggest that the choice and use of fuel has long lasting effects on the growth and health of children. It is also associated with a higher frequency of respiratory disorders. We find that agricultural households predominantly use unclean fuels.

Keywords: Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Food Security and Poverty; Health Economics and Policy; International Development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24
Date: 2011-05
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.103728

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