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Parental Compensatory Behaviors and Early Child Health Outcomes in Cebu, Philippines



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Parental Compensatory Behaviors and Early Child Health Outcomes in Cebu Philippines Haiyong Liu Department of Economics East Carolina University Thomas Mroz Department of Economics Clemson University Linda Adair Department of Nutrition Carolina Population Center University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill July 2008 Abstract A dynamic optimization model of parents choosing investments in their children s health motivates an empirical model of parents choices of health inputs for their children and the impacts of these decisions on their children s subsequent health Estimates of the child health input demand functions and the child health production functions from the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey accord with the prediction that optimizing behavior results in higher levels of aggregate child health Observable parental behaviors respond to the physical developmental status of their children These parental responses appear to yield large and statistically significant improvements in children s early physiological outcomes However because some health inputs choices are not observable it is impossible to ascertain whether these measured effects are due solely to variations in the observed input choices JEL Codes I12 J13 Keywords health production function parental health inputs unobserved heterogeneity We thank two referees and the editor for extensive and insightful comments on earlier versions of this paper We also thank seminar participants at the 2006 Southern Economic Association meetings University of Virginia Ohio State University and University of Regensburg for comments and discussions Corresponding author Thomas A Mroz Department of Economic 222 Sirrine Hall Clemson University Clemson SC 29634 Tel 864 656 3142 Email tmroz clemson edu 1 1 Introduction This study explores the determinants of parents behaviors that can influence their children s early childhood development and the impacts of these actions on their children It traces how birth



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