New Economics Papers
on Central and South America
Issue of 2007‒07‒20
two papers chosen by

  1. "Female Land Rights, Crop Specialization, and Productivity in Paraguayan Agriculture" By Thomas Masterson
  2. Child Malnutrition and Mortality in Developing Countries: Evidence from a Cross-Country Analysis By Gabriele, Alberto; Schettino, Francesco

  1. By: Thomas Masterson
    Abstract: Previous work has shown a pattern of lower household incomes for those Paraguayan farms with female landowners in the household. The study of agricultural production reveals that Paraguayan women specialize in livestock and dairy production, while men specialize in crop production. An analysis of crop specialization and crop yields finds no significant differences in yields among households along gender lines, although women appear to specialize in food crops. Finally, households with female land rights have markedly lower rates of return on agricultural production.
    Date: 2007–06
  2. By: Gabriele, Alberto; Schettino, Francesco
    Abstract: In this paper we propose and test an interpretative framework on the social and economic determinants of child malnutrition and child mortality, two key human development indicators. The paper is organized as follows. Section 1 illustrates the main economic and social factors causing child malnutrition and mortality. Section 2 identifies the main clusters of food insecure and vulnerable households and briefly describes their livelihood profiles. Section 3 exposes our cross-country estimation methodology. Section 4 reports and discusses the results. Section 5 concludes.
    Keywords: Malnutrition; Mortality; Cross-Country Analysis; Millenium Development Goals; Food Insecurity
    JEL: I38 I32 O21
    Date: 2007–04

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