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Are Children in West Bengal Shorter Than Children in Bangladesh?

Research, Sanitation, Maternal Health1 min read

Authors: Arabinda Ghosh, Aashish Gupta, Dean Spears

Published in: Economic and Political Weekly

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Abstract:

Children in West Bengal and Bangladesh are presumed to share the same distribution of genetic height potential. In West Bengal they are richer, on average, and are therefore slightly taller. However, when wealth is held constant, children in Bangladesh are taller. This gap can be fully accounted for by differences in open defecation, and especially by open defecation in combination with differences in women’s status and maternal nutrition.

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