Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/115138
Authors: 
Lo Bue, Maria C.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 183
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the effect of nutritional status on subsequent educational achievements for a large sample of Indonesians children. I use a long term panel data set and apply a maternal fixed effect plus an instrumental variables estimator in order to control for possible correlation between some of the components of the error term and the main independent variable which will likely to cause a bias in the estimates. Differences in nutritional status between siblings are identified by using exposure in the earliest months of life to the drought associated with the Indonesian wildfires of late 1997. Estimation results show that health capital (measured by height-for-age z-scores at childhood) significantly and positively affects the number of completed grades of schooling and the score on cognitive test. Nevertheless, I only find little robust evidence of an effect on the readiness to enter school.
Subjects: 
Educational achievement
child nutrition
siblings' difference models
environmental shocks
Indonesia
JEL: 
I12
I20
O15
O53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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