Can maternal education sustain or enhance the benefits of early life interventions? Evidence from the Young Lives longitudinal study

Sabates, Ricardo and Di Cesare, Mariachiara ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3934-3364 (2021) Can maternal education sustain or enhance the benefits of early life interventions? Evidence from the Young Lives longitudinal study. Compare: a Journal of Comparative and International Education, 51 (5) . pp. 651-669. ISSN 0305-7925 [Article] (doi:10.1080/03057925.2019.1653171)

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Abstract

This paper provides evidence on the predicted benefits of maternal education, in terms of reduced child malnutrition at age 1 and age 5, focusing specifically on the complementarities of maternal education with early life interventions across contexts. Using data from the Young Lives Longitudinal Study for Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam, results show the expected strong association of maternal education with a reduced likelihood of malnutrition both at ages 1 and 5. However, the benefits of maternal education via access to early life interventions, in this case antenatal care, are found only in some countries and for some levels of maternal education. Inequalities in the risk of malnutrition between those with the highest endowments of maternal education and access to antenatal services, and those without these, are significant within countries. We conclude that programmes which aim to reduce the risks of malnutrition should consider local knowledge and realities in order to understand more fully the expected benefits.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
Item ID: 27381
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Compare: a Journal of Comparative and International Education on 16/08/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03057925.2019.1653171
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Depositing User: Mariachiara Di Cesare
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 10:15
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2021 04:34
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27381

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