Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/221911
Authors: 
Ebert, Cara
Heesemann, Esther Luise
Vollmer, Sebastian
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers No. 276
Abstract: 
The lottery of birth draws some children into deprived environments and others into environments where they thrive. In a field experiment in rural India with 10-20 months old children we test two scalable interventions to reduce early disadvantages in health and mental development. We distribute a durable device for home iron fortification of meals, called the Lucky Iron Leaf, and picture books together with a training for caregivers in dialogic reading. We find no significant average impact of either intervention on anemia or mental development. However, we find a cross-productivity of children's baseline health and the interventions' effectiveness. Children, who are non-anemic at baseline, improve in receptive language skills by half a standard deviation one year after implementation.
Subjects: 
Early Childhood
Parental Investment
Nutrition
Health Behavior
Human Capital
JEL: 
D04
I12
I15
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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