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Identifying Catch-Up Trajectories in Child Growth: New Methods with Evidence from Young Lives

Jones, Sam; Behrman, Jere; Dang, Hai anh and Anand, Paul (2018). Identifying Catch-Up Trajectories in Child Growth: New Methods with Evidence from Young Lives. World Bank Group.

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Abstract

Definitions of catch-up growth in anthropometric outcomes among young children vary across studies. This paper distinguishes between catch-up in the mean of a group toward that of a healthy reference population versus catch-up within the group, associated with a narrowing of the outcome distribution. In contrast to conventional empirical approaches based on dynamic panel models, the paper shows how catch-up can be tested via a latent growth framework. Combined with a flexible estimator incorporating individual-specific intercepts and slopes, this enables between- and within-group forms of catch-up to be tested in a unified setting. The application of the proposed approach reveals significant differences in the nature, extent, and drivers of catch-up growth across the four Young Lives countries (Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam). In addition, the paper shows how conclusions about catch-up are sensitive to the way in which anthropometric outcomes are expressed.

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Open University funded input by JonesNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Economics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 56669
Depositing User: Paul Anand
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 15:06
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2020 18:45
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56669
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