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Trends and Patterns of Child Malnutrition in India: A Disaggregated Analysis

Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

Volume 55 Issue 1

Published: 2019
Author(s) Name: Anand Sharma | Author(s) Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Economics & Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Rohtak
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Abstract

Using National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data, this paper examines in detail the trends and patterns in child malnutrition at the national and state levels during 2005-06 and 2015-16. It analyses the regional variations in the nutritional status of children below five years and attempts to provide explanations for the observed pattern. In addition, the study examines the socio-economic inequalities in child malnutrition.At the all-India level, the study finds a limited improvement in the nutritional status of children between NFHS- 3 and NFHS-4. The socio-economic inequalities in child malnutrition continue to persist during this period implying that a relatively greater proportion of malnourished children are concentrated in poor households in both rural and urban India.

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