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A Child Health Production Function Estimated from Longitudinal Data


Cebu Study Team,; Akin, John S.; Guilkey, David K.; Popkin, Barry M.; Flieger, Wilhelm; Briscoe, John; Black, Robert E.; & Adair, Linda S. (1992). A Child Health Production Function Estimated from Longitudinal Data. Journal of Development Economics, 38(2), 323-351.


This research analyzes longitudinal data from the Philippines based on a sample of over 3,000 mother-infant pairs covering a period from the mother's pregnancy until the age two. The econometric methods alleviate problems, including unobserved heterogeneity and endogeneity of important explanatory factors, and exploit the longitudinal nature of the data set. The results indicate that a group of individual, household, and community factors importantly affect the outputs of the child health production function - diarrhea, febrile respiratory infection, and weight - by affecting the behaviors and inputs which produce these health outcomes.


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Journal of Development Economics


Cebu Study Team,
Akin, John S.
Guilkey, David K.
Popkin, Barry M.
Flieger, Wilhelm
Briscoe, John
Black, Robert E.
Adair, Linda S.