Endowments And Investments Within The Household: Evidence From Iodine Supplementation On Tanzania

Standard theories of resource allocation within the household posit that parents' investments in their children reflect a combination of children's endowments and parents' preferences for child quality. The authors study how changes in children's cognitive endowments affect the distribution of parental investments amongst siblings, using data from a large-scale iodine supplementation program in Tanzania. They find that parents strongly reinforce the higher cognitive endowments of children who received in utero iodine supplementation, by investing more in vaccinations and early life nutrition.

Provided by: Yale University Topic: Data Management Date Added: Jun 2011 Format: PDF

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