Essays on food consumption, child malnutrition and school achievement in developing countries

Abstract : This thesis contributes to the literatures on food consumption, child malnutrition and school achievement in developing countries. The first chapter aims at estimating the causal relationship between malnutrition and school achievement among Malagasy children enrolled in primary school. Rainfall shocks during the first years of a child’s life are used as exogenous instruments to predict the long-term nutritional status. Results indicate that stunting is a significant obstacle to learning. The second chapter investigates the effect of food distribution cycle on refugee households’ consumption. Results suggest that the more distant thefood distribution, the less important is household’s consumption of cereals. The effect is sufficiently large to impact children short-term nutritional status. The third chapter takes advantage of a panel database of a cohort of Malagasy young adults to estimate a cognitive skills production function with a value-added approach. Results highlight the large role of schooling in the acquisition of cognitive skills.
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Frédéric Aubery. Essays on food consumption, child malnutrition and school achievement in developing countries. Economies and finances. Université d'Auvergne - Clermont-Ferrand I, 2014. English. ⟨NNT : 2014CLF10445⟩. ⟨tel-01168574⟩

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