Iron deficiency and schooling attainment in Peru

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Journal Article

Do nutritional deficiencies contribute to the intergenerational persistence of poverty by reducing the earnings potential of future generations? To address this question, we made available supplemental iron pills at a health center in rural Peru and encouraged adolescents to take them via media messages. School administrative data provide novel evidence that reducing iron deficiency results in a large and significant improvement in school performance and aspirations for anemic students. Our findings demonstrate that combining lowcost outreach efforts and local supplementation programs can be an affordable and effective method of reducing rates of adolescent iron deficiency anemia.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chong, A; Cohen, I; Field, E; Nakasone, E; Torero, M

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 222 - 255

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-7790

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1945-7782

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1257/app.20140494

Citation Source

  • Scopus