|Abstract : |
This paper examines dynamic impacts of household food security on childs health outcomes in the case of Peru by using the panel data from the Young Lives Survey. The sample includes households with a 1-year-old child and households with an 8-year-old child. The lagged values of household food insecurity measuresare used as the main independent variables. The dependent variables includes the body mass index (BMI), weight-for-age Z-score (WAZ), height-for-age Z-score (HAZ), child stunting, and perceived health status. Preliminary results show that, for the younger cohort of children, household food insecurity has a statistically significant negative impact on childrens BMI score, WAZ, HAZ, and health status, and children in food-insecure households are more likely to be stunting. For the older cohort, food insecurity has a negative and statistically significant impact only on HAZ, stunting, and childrens perceived health status, and only when households have very low food security. These findings suggest that any efforts to reduce food insecurity with the goal of improving health outcomes should be directed to households with younger child, as they are more vulnerable to food insecurity.
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Asst. Prof. Dr. Phatta Kirdruang, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University
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