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Stunting among Children: Facts and Implications

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Authors: Diane Coffey, Angus Deaton, Jean Drèze, Dean Spears, and Alessandro Tarozzi

Published in: Economic and Political Weekly

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Indian children are very short, on average, compared with children living in other countries. Because height reflects early life health and net nutrition, and because good early life health also helps brains to grow and capabilities to develop, widespread growth faltering is a human development disaster. Panagariya acknowledges these facts, but argues that Indian children are particularly short because they are genetically programmed to be so.


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