|DP 2016-28||Who Weans with Commodity Price Shocks? Rice Prices and Breastfeeding in the Philippines|
|Abrigo, Michael R.M.|
Commodity market fluctuations have been linked with a number of adult outcomes. Recent evidence on the lasting impact of early life conditions, however, suggests that the effects on children may be important as well. Using large spatio-temporal variations in rice prices in the Philippines as a natural experiment, the study estimates the effect of increasing food prices on parental behavior regarding an inexpensive yet time-intensive child investment: breastmilk feeding. It documents a countercyclical relationship between breastfeeding duration and rice prices, which may be a consequence of poorer health and induced labor force participation among mothers. Results highlight that even food producers may not be insulated against food price inflation.
|keywords:||Philippines, food prices, breastfeeding, child investments|
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