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dc.contributor.authorChen, Xien_US
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Xiaoboen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-01T12:53:35Z-
dc.date.available2011-11-01T12:53:35Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/50805-
dc.description.abstractThough social spending facilitates risk-pooling in the impoverished regions, too many resources devoted to social occasions may impose negative externalities and hinder efforts to alleviate poverty for households living close to subsistence. Conducting three waves census-type panel survey in rural western China with well-defined reference groups and detailed information on social occasions, gift exchanges, nutrients intake and health outcomes, we find that the squeeze effect originated from lavish ceremonies is associated with lower height-for-age zscore, higher probability of stunting and underweight in early child development. The lasting impact suggests that 'catch up' is limited. The squeeze is stronger for the fetal period and towards the lower tail of the distribution. Specifically, 39.2%, 33.3% and 64.6% of the sampled households suffer from net squeeze effect on stunting, underweight and lower height-for-age zscore, respectively. The squeeze effect is stronger for 1-3 age cohorts and between 2007 and 2009. We provide suggestive evidence on the intermediate pathways linking social events with poor health outcomes, such as share of food expenditure and basic nutrients intake. Our findings suggest more efficient policy interventions that target the households with pregnant women and of lower social rankings.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherLeibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Mittel- und Osteuropa (IAMO) Halle (Saale)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIAMO Forum 2011 7en_US
dc.subject.jelD13en_US
dc.subject.jelI32en_US
dc.subject.jelO15en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordRelative Statusen_US
dc.subject.keywordSqueeze Effecten_US
dc.subject.keywordNutrients Intakeen_US
dc.subject.keywordStuntingen_US
dc.subject.keywordUnderweighten_US
dc.subject.keywordGenderen_US
dc.titleCostly posturing: Relative status, ceremonies and early child developmenten_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn670770221en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
dc.identifier.repecRePEc:zbw:iamo11:7-
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