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TitleVillage sanitation and children’s human capital : evidence from a randomized experiment by the Maharashtra government
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHammer, J., Spears, D.
Secondary TitlePolicy research working paper series / World Bank
Pagination40 p.; 4 tab.; 4 fig.
Date Published2013-08-01
PublisherWorld Bank
Place PublishedS.l.
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, india maharashtra, open defecation

Open defecation is exceptionally widespread in India, a county with puzzlingly high rates of child stunting. A randomized controlled trial of a village-level sanitation program, implemented in one district by the government of Maharashtra is given. The program caused a large but plausible average increase in child height (95 percent confidence interval [0.04 to 0.61] standard deviations), which is an important marker of human capital. The results demonstrate sanitation externalities: an effect even on children in households that did not adopt latrines. Unusually, surveyors also collected data in districts where the government planned but ultimately did not conduct an experiment, permitting analysis of the importance of the set eligible for randomization. [authors abstract]

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