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The Effects of Health and Demographic Change on Economic Growth: Integrating Micro and Macro Perspectives IV. Long-Term Effects of Child Nutrition and Health on Adult Productivity in Bangladesh

  • 2007-2010
  • Project
Pitt, Mark, Brown University
Study: “The Effects of Health and Demographic Change on Economic Growth: Integrating Micro and Macro Perspectives IV. Long-Term Effects of Child Nutrition and Health on Adult Productivity in Bangladesh”
PI(s): Pitt, Mark
Affiliation(s): Brown University
Institutional Partner(s): PRB Center
Project Dates:
Start: June 2007
End: August 2010
Data Source(s): Nutrition Survey of Bangladesh; Panel Data Collection
Methods: Multilevel Regression Analysis
Geographic Location(s): Bangladesh

Description:
This study is a subproject under “The Effects of Health and Demographic Change on Economic Growth: Integrating Micro and Macro Perspectives.” The overall project focuses on the effects of changes in health and demographic structure on the level of economic activity, the role of demographic change in the sustainable use of environmental resources, and the long-term effects of early child health and nutrition on adult productivity. This subproject focuses on the early nutritional status of children and its effect on adult productivity by using longitudinal data to link early nutritional intake, nutritional status, and adult outcomes including productivity. A model of human capital investment and activity choice is used to explain facts describing gender differentials in the levels and returns to human capital investments and occupational choice. These include the higher return to and level of schooling, the small effect of healthiness on wages, and the large effect of healthiness on schooling for females relative to males.

Research Outputs:
Pitt, Mark, Rosenzweig, Mark R. & Hassan, Mohammad Nazmul. (2012). Human Capital Investment and the Gender Division of Labor in a Brawn-Based Economy. American Economic Review, 102(7), 3531-3560. DOI: 10.1257/aer.102.7.3531

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