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Title:Does mother's education matter in child's health? Evidence from South Africa
Authors:Medrano, Patricia
Rodríguez, CatherineISNI
Villa, EdgarISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:child health
women's education
Abstract:Using the 1993 South Africa Integrated Household Survey, the authors study the effect that mother's education through the knowledge channel has on children's health using height for age Z-scores as health measure. Under a two-stage least square methodology they find that an increase in 4 years on mother's education (approximately 1 standard deviation) will lead to an increase of 0.6 standard deviations on her child's height for age Z-score. They also find, as the medical literature suggests, support for the hypothesis that mother's education is more important for children older than 24 months of age. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]