Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/92853
Authors: 
Tanaka, Shinsuke
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 768
The ISER-Moriguchi Prize Awarded Paper 12
Abstract: 
A growing body of literature shows that child health has substantial long-term economic impacts. This study examines whether, and to what extent, increased access to health infrastructure leads to better child health status as measured by weight-for-age z-scores. To assess the causal relationship, I exploit plausibly exogenous variation in access induced by the dramatic change in health policy in South Africa immediately after the end of apartheid. Using longitudinal household data, health services are found to improve the nutritional status of not only newly born babies but also children who were already born at low health status. Yet, the effects are significant only for boys.
Subjects: 
child health
health infrastructure
South Africa
JEL: 
I18
H54
J13
H51
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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