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The Impacts of a Multifaceted Prenatal Intervention on Human Capital Accumulation in Early Life


We evaluate an intervention targeting early life nutrition and well-being for households in extreme poverty in Northern Nigeria. The intervention leads to large and sustained improvements in children’s anthropometric and health outcomes, including an 8 percent reduction in stunting 4 years, post-intervention. These impacts are partly driven by information-related channels. However, the certain and substantial flow of cash transfers is also key. They induce positive labor supply responses among women, and enables them to undertake productive investments in livestock. These provide protein rich diets for children, and generate higher household earnings streams long after the cash transfers expire.

American Economic Review

JEL Codes I12: Health Behavior I32: Measurement and Analysis of Poverty I38: Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty: Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth J16: Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination J22: Time Allocation and Labor Supply O12: Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development