Who Weans with Commodity Price Shocks? Rice Prices and Breastfeeding in the Philippines
Michael Ralph Abrigo
No DP 2016-28, Discussion Papers from Philippine Institute for Development Studies
Commodity market fluctuations have been linked with a number of adult outcomes. Recent evidence on the lasting impact of early life conditions, however, suggests that the e ffects on children may be important as well. Using large spatio-temporal variations in rice prices in the Philippines as a natural experiment, the study estimates the eff ect of increasing food prices on parental behavior regarding an inexpensive yet time-intensive child investment: breastmilk feeding. It documents a countercyclical relationship between breastfeeding duration and rice prices, which may be a consequence of poorer health and induced labor force participation among mothers. Results highlight that even food producers may not be insulated against food price inflation.
Keywords: Philippines; food prices; breastfeeding; child investments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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