Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141652
Authors: 
Nie, Peng
Rammohan, Anu
Gwozdz, Wencke
Sousa-Poza, Alfonso
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9893
Abstract: 
This study uses two waves (2004–2005 and 2011–2012) of the nationally representative Indian Human Development Survey to conduct a systematic decompositional analysis of the demographic and socio-economic factors contributing to undernutrition among children under five in India. The analytic method combines three types of decomposition: Blinder-Oaxaca, non-linear, and unconditional quantile. Child undernutrition is measured by z-scores for height-for-age (HAZ), weight-for-height (WHZ), weight-for-age (WAZ), and for the Composite Index of Anthropometric Failure (CIAF). Although our results show modest improvements on some measures, undernutrition among India's young children remains widespread. The improvements we do identify are partly attributable to changes in household wealth and maternal characteristics like body mass index and education.
Subjects: 
child undernutrition
India
decomposition
JEL: 
I15
I31
C21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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