Stunting and academic achievement among Vietnamese children: new evidence from the young lives survey

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Hoang, Viet-Ngu, Nghiem, Son and Vu, Xuan-Binh (Benjamin). 2019. "Stunting and academic achievement among Vietnamese children: new evidence from the young lives survey." Applied Economics. 51 (18), pp. 2001-2009. https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2018.1537476
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Stunting and academic achievement among Vietnamese children: new evidence from the young lives survey

ERA Journal ID40291
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHoang, Viet-Ngu (Author), Nghiem, Son (Author) and Vu, Xuan-Binh (Benjamin) (Author)
Journal TitleApplied Economics
Journal Citation51 (18), pp. 2001-2009
Number of Pages10
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0003-6846
1466-4283
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2018.1537476
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00036846.2018.1537476
Abstract

Most of the empirical literature on the relationship between the health condition and skill development of school children are based on a static relationship between health and skill development. This article contributes to the literature by examining the dynamic relationship between stunting and school achievement using data from the first three waves of the Young Lives Survey in Vietnam. Using both structural equation and hybrid estimators, empirical results show that past school performance is the most significant predictor of the academic performance. Stunting has a significant negative effect on school performance, and its effect in the long run is as twice as much its effect in the short run. The empirical evidence also shows that the age of the child, mothers’ literacy, access to electricity and household consumption significantly affect school performance.

KeywordsSkills formation; dynamic specification; malnutrition; stunt; Vietnam
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380108. Health economics
Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Griffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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