Journal of Health Economics
We examine the role of early childhood health in human capital accumulation. Using a unique data set from Ghana with comprehensive information on individual, family, community, school quality characteristics and a direct measure of intelligence together with test scores, we examine the long-term cognitive effects of the 1983 famine on survivors. We show that differences in intelligence test scores can be robustly explained by the differential impact of the famine in different parts of the country and the impacts are most severe for children under two years of age during the famine. We also account for model uncertainty by using Bayesian Model Averaging.
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Samuel, Ampaabeng K. and Tan, Chih Ming, "The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Malnutrition on Cognitive Development: The Case of Famine in Ghana" (2013). Economics & Finance Faculty Publications. 6.