Why Are Indian Children So Short? The Role of Birth Order and Son Preference

Pande, Rohini; Jayachandran, Seema (2017)


Pande, Rohini, and Seema Jayachandran. 2017. “Why Are Indian Children So Short? The Role Of Birth Order And Son Preference”. American Economic Review 107 (9): 2600-2629.
Co-authored by two economists–Associate Professor Seema Jayachandran of Northwestern University and Professor Rohini Pande of Harvard Kennedy School—this article examines the role that gendered parental preferences play in child stunting in India, a phenomenon which prior research has demonstrated casts a long shadow over an individual's life: on average, people who are shorter as children are less healthy, have lower cognitive ability, and earn less as adults.