Burden of Child Malnutrition in India: A View from Parliamentary Constituencies

Economic & Political Weekly, vol. lIV, no. 2 (2019)

13 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2019

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Akshay Swaminathan

Harvard University - Harvard Medical School

Rockli Kim

Harvard University - Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Yun Xu

Harvard College

Jeffrey C. Blossom

Harvard University

William Joe

University of Delhi - Institute of Economic Growth (IEG)

R Venkatraman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alok Kumar

S. V. Subramanian

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Date Written: January 12, 2019

Abstract

In India, monitoring and surveillance of health and well-being indicators have been focused primarily on the state and district levels. Analysing population data at the level of parliamentary constituencies has the potential to bring political accountability to the data-driven policy discourse that is currently based on district-level estimates. Using data from the fourth National Family Health Survey 2016, two geographic information systems methodologies have been developed and applied to provide estimates of four child malnutrition indicators (stunting, underweight, wasting, and anemia) for the 543 parliamentary constituencies in India. The results indicate that several constituencies experience a multiple burden of child malnutrition that must be addressed concurrently and as a priority.

Keywords: Malnutrition, Stunting, India, Data driven Policy, GIS estimates

JEL Classification: I150, Y1

Suggested Citation

Swaminathan, Akshay and Kim, Rockli and Xu, Yun and Blossom, Jeffrey C. and Joe, William and Venkatraman, R and Kumar, Alok and Subramanian, S. V., Burden of Child Malnutrition in India: A View from Parliamentary Constituencies (January 12, 2019). Economic & Political Weekly, vol. lIV, no. 2 (2019) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3397053

Akshay Swaminathan

Harvard University - Harvard Medical School

25 Shattuck St
Boston, MA 02115
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Rockli Kim

Harvard University - Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences ( email )

677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States

Yun Xu

Harvard College ( email )

Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Jeffrey C. Blossom

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

William Joe

University of Delhi - Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) ( email )

Delhi, 110007
India

R Venkatraman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

S. V. Subramanian

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health ( email )

677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA MA 02115
United States

No contact information is available for Alok Kumar

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