How does the schooling of mothers improve child health?: evidence from Morocco

How does the schooling of mothers improve child health?: evidence from Morocco

Key role of mothers' health knowledge in Morocco

Women's education can contribute to economic development in several different ways. One way is through the relationship between mothers' education and child health. Better educated mothers tend to have healthier children. From a policy perspective, one would like to know what it is about education that leads to healthier children.

This paper, published by the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Survey, examines this question using data from the 1991 Morocco Living Standards Measurement Study household survey. It identifies mothers' health knowledge as playing the key role in raising child health and shows how education raises health knowledge. More generally, this paper demonstrates how detailed household survey data can be used to assist in poverty formulation in developing countries.

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