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Title:The production of child health in Kenya: a structural model of birth weight PDF Logo
Authors:Mwabu, Germano
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Center discussion paper // Economic Growth Center 963
Abstract:The paper investigates birth weight and its correlates in Kenya using nationally representative data collected by the government in the early 1990s. I find that immunization of the mother against tetanus during pregnancy is strongly associated with improvements in birth weight. Other factors significantly correlated with birth weight include age of the mother at first birth and birth orders of siblings. It is further found that birth weight is positively associated with mother's age at first birth and with higher birth orders, with the first born child being substantially lighter than subsequent children. Newborn infants are heavier in urban than in rural areas and females are born lighter than males. There is evidence suggesting that a baby born at the clinic is heavier than a newborn baby drawn randomly from the general population.
Subjects:Health care demand
immunization
health production
birth weight
control function approach
weak instruments
multiple endogenous variables
JEL:C31
C34
I11
I12
J13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Center Discussion Papers, Economic Growth Center (EGC), Yale University

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