Publication Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

1-2016

Abstract

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.

Keywords

electrification, height-for-age Z score, malnutrition, television, wealth

Discipline

Econometrics | Nutrition

Research Areas

Econometrics

Publisher

Institute of Developing Economies

City or Country

Chiba, Japan

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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