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Endowments at Birth and Parents' Investments in Children

Publication Abstract

Adhvaryu, Achyuta, and Anant Nyshadham. 2016. "Endowments at Birth and Parents' Investments in Children." Economic Journal, 126(593): 781-820.

Do parents invest more in higher quality children, or do they compensate for lower quality by giving more to children with lower endowments? We answer this question in the context of a large-scale iodine supplementation programme in Tanzania. We find that children with higher programme exposure were more likely to receive necessary vaccines and were breastfed for longer. Siblings of treated children were also more likely to be immunised. Fertility behaviour and investments at the time of birth were unaffected.


PMCID: PMC5010869. (Pub Med Central)

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