We offer micro-econometric evidence for a positive impact of rural electrification onthe nutritional status of children under five as measured by height-for-age Z-score(HAZ) in rural Bangladesh. In most estimates, access to electricity is found toimprove HAZ by more than 0.15 points and this positive impact comes fromincreased wealth and reduced fertility, even though the evidence for the latter isweak. We also analyze the causal channels through the local health facility andexposure to television. We find no evidence for the presence of the former channeland mixed evidence for the latter.
electrification, height-for-age Z score, malnutrition, television, wealth
Econometrics | Nutrition
Institute of Developing Economies
City or Country
Tomoki FUJII; SHONCHOY, Abu S.; and XU, Sijia.
Impact of electrification on children's nutritional status in rural Bangladesh. (2016). Research Collection School Of Economics.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soe_research/1959
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