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The height production function from birth to age two

De Cao, Elisabetta ORCID: 0000-0002-7769-486X (2015) The height production function from birth to age two. Journal of Human Capital, 9 (3). 329 - 363. ISSN 1932-8575

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Identification Number: 10.1086/682356


Infancy is one of the most critical periods for the formation of adult height. This paper studies the determinants of height from birth to age 2 using rich longitudinal data on Filipino children. A height production function is specified in which height is the result of the accumulation of inputs (i.e., nutrition and diseases) over time. The empirical specification allows the causal identification of the age-specific effects of both nutrition and diseases on height. Considering gender differences in growth patterns, the results show that diseases play a major role in reducing height and that girls are more strongly affected than boys.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The University of Chicago
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I10 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I12 - Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O15 - Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General > C13 - Estimation
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 11:33
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:49

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