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The Impact of Household Participation in Community Based Organizations on Child Health and Education in Rural India

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This paper explores whether rural Indian households’ membership in community based organizations (CBOs) affect child human capital formation in terms of health and education. Using the 2005 Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS), both OLS and IV models show that membership in one or more CBOs improves child educational performance. When considering specific CBOs, women’s groups (Mahila Mandal) emerge as being best at reducing child malnourishment while youth clubs are beneficial for both child health and education. Religious groups have a negative impact on child health but improve school performance. Caste associations have a detrimental effect on both health and education.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherInstitut for Økonomi, Aarhus Universitet
Number of pages95
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2015
SeriesEconomics Working Papers
Number2015-08

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