Women Empowerment and Child Health in Developing Countries (ICPSR 34379)

Principal Investigator(s): Duflo, Esther, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics


The goal of this project was to examine the effect of women's empowerment on child health in developing nations and to estimate how policies designed to improve women's access to education, earnings, and political participation affect child health. Specifically, the project had three aims: (1) to estimate the effect of increasing the education of women on their fertility and children's health; (2) to determine whether women's short term income fluctuations have a different effect on child health than men's short term income fluctuations; and (3) to estimate the effect of women's political participation on the provision of public goods conducive to child health.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from DSDR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining these resources.

Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    child health, developing nations, education, fertility, political participation, women, women in development

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Ghana, Global, Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from DSDR or ICPSR. Researchers should consult the principal investigator directly for details on obtaining access to the data and documentation:

Dr. Esther Duflo

Department of Economics

MIT, E52-252G

50 Memorial Drive

Cambridge, MA 02142

email: eduflo@mit.edu