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Andy Barenberg
Monday, January 11, 2016

Early childhood stunting has been known to be an indicator of cognitive developmental stunting. What is the relationship between early childhood stunting and later educational outcomes? To answer this question, I examine matched pairs of siblings who differ in their third trimester in-utero exposure to the Tanzania hunger season. Using multiple placebo groups, I create falsification tests to show that congenital stunting is driving the effects on educational outcome. Additionally, I test for possible impacts of household heterogeneity, selective mortality, and sibling investment spillovers.  My results find that a standard deviation increase in under-five stunting decreases years of education completed by approximately one grade level. 

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Olin LC 118
Sponsor: Dean of the College; Economics Program
Contact: Pavlina R. Tcherneva.
Phone: 845-758-6822

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