Skip to content

The costs of consumption smoothing: less schooling and less nutrition

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Standard

The costs of consumption smoothing : less schooling and less nutrition. / De Magalhães, Leandro; Koh, Dongya; Santaeulàlia-Llopis, Räul.

In: Journal of Demographic Economics, Vol. 85, No. 3, 01.09.2019, p. 181-208.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Harvard

De Magalhães, L, Koh, D & Santaeulàlia-Llopis, R 2019, 'The costs of consumption smoothing: less schooling and less nutrition', Journal of Demographic Economics, vol. 85, no. 3, pp. 181-208. https://doi.org/10.1017/dem.2019.7

APA

De Magalhães, L., Koh, D., & Santaeulàlia-Llopis, R. (2019). The costs of consumption smoothing: less schooling and less nutrition. Journal of Demographic Economics, 85(3), 181-208. https://doi.org/10.1017/dem.2019.7

Vancouver

De Magalhães L, Koh D, Santaeulàlia-Llopis R. The costs of consumption smoothing: less schooling and less nutrition. Journal of Demographic Economics. 2019 Sep 1;85(3):181-208. https://doi.org/10.1017/dem.2019.7

Author

De Magalhães, Leandro ; Koh, Dongya ; Santaeulàlia-Llopis, Räul. / The costs of consumption smoothing : less schooling and less nutrition. In: Journal of Demographic Economics. 2019 ; Vol. 85, No. 3. pp. 181-208.

Bibtex

@article{69494f6db56749bdadfc3e351c4edefa,
title = "The costs of consumption smoothing: less schooling and less nutrition",
abstract = "Using novel microdata, we explore lifecycle consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa. We find that households' ability to smooth consumption over the lifecycle is large, particularly, in rural areas. Consumption in old age is sustained by shifting to self-farmed staple food, as opposed to traditional savings mechanisms or food gifts. This smoothing strategy indicates two important costs. The first cost is a loss of human capital as children seem to be diverted away from school and into producing self-farmed food. Second, a diet largely concentrated in staple food (e.g., maize in Malawi) in old age results in a loss of nutritional quality for households headed by the elderly.",
keywords = "Consumption, lifecycle, nutrition, schooling, self-farming, smoothing, Sub-Saharan Africa",
author = "{De Magalh{\~a}es}, Leandro and Dongya Koh and R{\"a}ul Santaeul{\`a}lia-Llopis",
year = "2019",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1017/dem.2019.7",
language = "English",
volume = "85",
pages = "181--208",
journal = "Journal of Demographic Economics",
issn = "2054-0892",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",
number = "3",

}

RIS - suitable for import to EndNote

TY - JOUR

T1 - The costs of consumption smoothing

T2 - less schooling and less nutrition

AU - De Magalhães, Leandro

AU - Koh, Dongya

AU - Santaeulàlia-Llopis, Räul

PY - 2019/9/1

Y1 - 2019/9/1

N2 - Using novel microdata, we explore lifecycle consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa. We find that households' ability to smooth consumption over the lifecycle is large, particularly, in rural areas. Consumption in old age is sustained by shifting to self-farmed staple food, as opposed to traditional savings mechanisms or food gifts. This smoothing strategy indicates two important costs. The first cost is a loss of human capital as children seem to be diverted away from school and into producing self-farmed food. Second, a diet largely concentrated in staple food (e.g., maize in Malawi) in old age results in a loss of nutritional quality for households headed by the elderly.

AB - Using novel microdata, we explore lifecycle consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa. We find that households' ability to smooth consumption over the lifecycle is large, particularly, in rural areas. Consumption in old age is sustained by shifting to self-farmed staple food, as opposed to traditional savings mechanisms or food gifts. This smoothing strategy indicates two important costs. The first cost is a loss of human capital as children seem to be diverted away from school and into producing self-farmed food. Second, a diet largely concentrated in staple food (e.g., maize in Malawi) in old age results in a loss of nutritional quality for households headed by the elderly.

KW - Consumption

KW - lifecycle

KW - nutrition

KW - schooling

KW - self-farming

KW - smoothing

KW - Sub-Saharan Africa

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85071300659&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1017/dem.2019.7

DO - 10.1017/dem.2019.7

M3 - Article

VL - 85

SP - 181

EP - 208

JO - Journal of Demographic Economics

JF - Journal of Demographic Economics

SN - 2054-0892

IS - 3

ER -