Child Health and Education Improvements in Africa



In “The Incidence of Recent Child Health Improvements in Africa,” (Sahn, David E., and Stephen D. Younger, forthcoming in Review of Development Economics), we examined the extent to which health and education improvements are equitably shared or “inclusive.” We propose a descriptive method for this analysis that is analogous to growth incidence curves and apply it to nine developing countries. We find that health improvements often have a distribution more likely to be relatively pro-poor than income growth. Improvements in school attainment are more neutral in most countries. We do not see clear patterns in terms of the within-country relationship between improvements in income, health, and education. 

Investigator(s): David E. Sahn & Stephen D. Younger


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