Tuesday, April 9, 2024

On cash, nutrition, and child development

Way back in 2019, we blogged about the “meaning of stunting”, reflecting on some thought-provoking papers recently out that re-examined the meaning of stunting and sparked discussion for those of us who study human development. Here we turn our attention to a new NBER working paper by Weaver, Sukhtankar, Niehaus, and Muralidharan (2024) which examines income (specifically cash transfers), nutrition, and child development in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The starting point for this paper is the rate of stunting Indian children under 5 (36%)—stubbornly high, and higher than many poorer countries. This paper hits on a number of interesting (and interrelated) points. But first, a short summary of this study. Read More