CLTS Working Papers, Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Bethelhem Legesse Debela
Does Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program Improve Child Nutrition?
(), Gerald Shively
() and Stein Holden
Abstract: We study the link between Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net
Program (PSNP) and short-run nutrition outcomes among children age 5 years
and younger. We use 2006 and 2010 survey data from Northern Ethiopia to
estimate parameters of an exogenous switching regression. This allows us to
measure the differential impacts of household characteristics on
weight-for-height Z-score of children in member and non-member households
in PSNP. We find that the magnitude and significance of household
covariates differ in samples of children from PSNP and non-PSNP households.
Controlling for a set of observable features of children and households we
find that children in member households have weight-for-height Z-scores
that are 0.55 points higher than those of children in non-member
households. We conclude that the PSNP is providing positive short-term
nutritional benefits for children, especially in those households that are
able to leverage underemployed female labor.
Keywords: anthropometrics; Ethiopia; food security; nutrition; safety net; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I15; I38; (follow links to similar papers)
33 pages, February 18, 2014
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