Jere R Behrman

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Cross national data show no association between increases in educational capital due to rising educational attainment of the labor force and the rate of growth of output per worker. This implies the association of growth of educational capital and conventional measures of TFP is large, strongly statistically significant, and negative. While these are the(More)
This paper examines the impact of preschool malnutrition on subsequent human capital formation in rural Zimbabwe using a maternal fixed effects-instrumental variables (MFE-IV) estimator with a long-term panel data set. Representations of civil war and drought “shocks” are used to identify differences in preschool nutritional status across siblings.(More)
We use data on monozygotic twins to obtain improved estimates of the effect of intrauterine nutrient intake on adult health and earnings and thus to evaluate the efŽ cacy of programs aimed at increasing birthweight. We use the results to evaluate the bias in cross-sectional estimates and to assess the proposition that health conditions play a major role in(More)
Longitudinal household data can have considerable advantages over much more widely used cross-sectional data for capturing dynamic demographic relationships. However, a disturbing feature of such data is that there is often substantial attrition and this may make the interpretation of estimates problematic. Such attrition may be particularly severe where(More)
The hypothesis that increases in the schooling of women enhance the human capital of the next generation and thus make a unique contribution to economic growth is assessed on the basis of data describing green revolution India. Estimates are obtained that indicate that a component of the significant and positive relationship between maternal literacy and(More)
Stephan Klasen is with the Department of Economics, University of Munich. His e-mail address is The author is grateful to Jere Behrman, Chitra Bhanu, Mark Blackden, François Bourguignon, Lionel Demery, David Dollar, Bill Easterly, Diane Elson, Roberta Gatti, Beth King, Stephen Knowles, Andy Mason, Claudio Montenegro, Dorian Owen,(More)
"Nutrients available to children are determined largely by intrahousehold allocations. There are a number of reasons why birth order may affect these allocations. A model is developed to estimate critical parameters of parental preferences regarding the allocation of nutrients among their children. Latent variable estimates for rural south India indicate(More)
Demographers have argued increasingly that social interaction is an important mechanism for understanding fertility behavior. Yet it is still quite uncertain whether social learning or social influence is the dominant mechanism through which social networks affect individuals' contraceptive decisions. In this paper we argue that these mechanisms can be(More)
Over the past decades, child malnutrition in Ethiopia has persisted at alarmingly high rates. By applying the conditional nutrition demand approach to household data from three consecutive welfare monitoring surveys over the period 1996-1998, this study identifies household resources, parental education, food prices and maternal nutritional knowledge as key(More)