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Social Interventions, Child Health and Anthropometric Outcomes in Southern Ghana

Charles Okyere ()

No 277424, 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia from International Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: Health and nutrition are important ingredients in the measurement of welfare at both micro and macro levels such as poverty reduction, human capital formation and economic growth. In this study, I estimate the interaction effects of two social interventions, namely National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and Ghana School Feeding Program (GSFP), on child health and nutrition status in southern Ghana using random effects and multivalued treatment effects estimators. The results from the multivalued treatment effects estimator show that there are relative and multiple overlapping treatment effects of NHIS and GSFP on long run nutrition status of children. No similar positive effects are found on the short run nutrition status. The random effects estimates are consistent with the multivalued treatment effects estimates of negative relationship between NHIS only on children s short run nutrition status. The estimates are quite stable across various sensitivity analyses including alternative estimation strategies. The estimates suggest that the effects of social interventions on child health and nutrition outcomes may depend on the choice of estimation strategy and outcome variables. Acknowledgement : Data from the AG-WATSAN Project undertaken by Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany is duly acknowledged.

Keywords: Health; Economics; and; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-07
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