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How Much International Variation in Child Height Can Sanitation Explain?

How Much International Variation in Child Height Can Sanitation Explain?
  • World Bank. February 2013
  • This paper documents the cross-country gradient between sanitation and child height that can statistically explain a large fraction of international height differences. It also documents the interaction between sanitation and population density, and contributes to a resolution of the puzzle of the "Asian enigma" of Indian stunting, which has received much recent attention from economists. Three sections of the paper contribute complementary analyses of the relationship between height and open defecation, each focusing on a different dimension of heterogeneity.
  • Geographical coverage: Asia, Global, India
  • Main themes: Children, Sanitation
  • Main target audience: Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Stimulate debate
  • Type of resource: Research study
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Published in 2015