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Bounding the effects of food insecurity on children's health outcomes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19631399     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Previous research has estimated that food insecure children are more likely to suffer from a wide array of negative health outcomes than food secure children, leading many to claim that alleviating food insecurity would lead to better health outcomes. Identifying the causal impacts is problematic, however, given endogenous selection into food security status and potential mismeasurement of true food security status. Using recently developed nonparametric bounding methods and data from the 2001-2006 National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES), we assess what can be identified about the effects of food insecurity on child health outcomes in the presence of nonrandom selection and nonclassical measurement error. Under relatively weak monotonicity assumptions, we can identify that food security has a statistically significant positive impact on favorable general health and being a healthy weight. Our work suggests that previous research has more likely underestimated than overestimated the causal impacts of food insecurity on health.
Craig Gundersen; Brent Kreider
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2009-06-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health economics     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0167-6296     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Econ     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-19     Completed Date:  2010-02-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8410622     Medline TA:  J Health Econ     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  971-83     Citation Subset:  H    
University of Illinois, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Child Welfare*
Child, Preschool
Nutrition Surveys
Nutritional Status
United States

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