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Title: Malnutrition and Fertility: Evidence from Vietnam
Contributor(s): Stuen, Eric T (author); Hoang, Nam  (author)orcid ; Hoang, Van  (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: Economic theory regarding household fertility decisions has long recognized precautionary demand for children, such that households in a high-mortality environment respond to the risk of children not surviving to adulthood by increasing their family size. We test whether such an effect exists in response to nutrient deficiencies. Using survey data on a sample of 5,966 households in Vietnam, we find that a 10% increase in calorie availability decreases the likelihood that they had a child by 0.8%. Protein, potassium and thiamin also have significant effects. These findings provide initial evidence of an economic link between nutrition and fertility.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: 86th Annual Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 29th June - 3rd July, 2011
Source of Publication: Presented at the 86th Annual Western Economic Association International Conference
Field of Research (FOR): 140208 Health Economics
140202 Economic Development and Growth
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 910102 Demography
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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