Moving towards a better future for your children? The impact of maternal migration on child nutrition in Tanzania
No 276996, 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia from International Association of Agricultural Economists
Research on the impact of internal migration has focused on (monetary) outcomes for the migrants themselves. Yet, migrant parents may be able to not only improve their own welfare, but also enhance the well-being of their children. As such, population movements could affect current living standards as well as the intergenerational transmission of poverty and rural transformation. The crucially important question of how parental migration affects children, however, remains largely unanswered with existing studies based upon cross-sectional designs that do not allow us to disentangle the impact of migration from selection. Using panel data tracking migrants between 1991 and 2010, this paper studies how maternal migration affects child nutrition. We restrict the comparison to children of mothers originating from the same family, effectively addressing concerns that heterogeneity across migrant and non-migrant families may distort the results. We find evidence of a growth advantage for children of mothers who moved out of their villages in Kagera. Maternal migration is associated with improved weight-for-age and lower rates of underweight. Moreover, children of rural-urban migrant mothers have higher height-for-age z-scores and lower stunting rates. These findings therefore suggest that by relocating, mothers were able to improve their children s long-term food security and health. Acknowledgement :
Keywords: Food; Consumption/Nutrition/Food; Safety (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ags:iaae18:276996
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia from International Association of Agricultural Economists Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by AgEcon Search ().