The Impact of Improving Nutrition during Early Childhood on Education among Guatemalan Adults

Using a longitudinal survey from rural Guatemala, we examine the effect of an early childhood nutritional intervention on adult educational outcomes. An intent-to-treat model yields substantial effects of an experimental intervention that provided highly nutritious food supplements to children, a qu... Ausführliche Beschreibung

1. Person: Maluccio, John A.
Weitere Personen: Hoddinott, John; Behrman, Jere R.; Martorell, Reynaldo; Quisumbing, Agnes R.; Stein, Aryeh D.
Quelle: in The Economic Journal Vol. 119, No. 537 (2009), p. 734-763
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Veröffentlicht: 2009
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Zusammenfassung: Using a longitudinal survey from rural Guatemala, we examine the effect of an early childhood nutritional intervention on adult educational outcomes. An intent-to-treat model yields substantial effects of an experimental intervention that provided highly nutritious food supplements to children, a quarter century after it ended: increase of 1.2 grades completed for women and one quarter SD on standardised reading comprehension and non-verbal cognitive ability tests for both women and men. Two-stage least squares results that endogenise the actual supplement intakes corroborate these magnitudes. Improving the nutrient intakes of very young children can have substantial, long-term educational consequences.
ISSN: 1468-0297

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