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Impacts of Nutrition Subsidies on Diet Diversity and Nutritional Outcomes of Primary School Students in Rural Northwestern China-Do Policy Targets and Incentives Matter?
Chen, Qihui1; Pei, Chunchen1; Bai, Yunli2,3; Zhao, Qiran1
2019-08-14
Source PublicationINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Volume16Issue:16Pages:14
Corresponding AuthorZhao, Qiran(zhaoqiran@cau.edu.cn)
AbstractMany developing countries have implemented nutrition intervention programs to reduce child malnutrition. However, the effectiveness of these programs differs greatly, and it remains unclear what is causing the differences in effectiveness across different programs. To shed some light on this issue, this article examines the role the specificity of policy targets, along with the incentives attached, plays in affecting the effectiveness of nutrition intervention programs. More specifically, we examined how different policy targets (and the associated incentives) affect primary students' dietary structure and (thus) their nutritional and health status by analyzing a randomized intervention in rural Northwestern China that was designed with two treatment arms. The two treatments provided the same nutrition subsidy to project students but with different policy targets, one with a specific target of "anemia reduction" and the other with a general target of "malnutrition reduction". Our analysis revealed that compared to the treatment arm with only a general policy target, the treatment arm with the specific "anemia reduction" target was more effective at improving students' nutritional and health status, as measured by the incidences of being anemic and underweight, presumably through helping them develop a dietary structure with more flesh meat, bean products, vegetables, and fruits.
Keywordmalnutrition nutrition subsidy policy target incentive dietary structure rural China
DOI10.3390/ijerph16162891
WOS KeywordEDUCATION ; GROWTH ; FOOD ; PATTERNS ; ANEMIA
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[71603261] ; Humanities and Social Science Fund of the Ministry of Education of China[16YJC880107] ; Humanities and Social Science Fund of the Ministry of Education of China[18YJC790010] ; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities[2019TC110]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Humanities and Social Science Fund of the Ministry of Education of China ; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Sciences ; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
WOS IDWOS:000484419000005
PublisherMDPI
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/69726
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorZhao, Qiran
Affiliation1.China Agr Univ, Coll Econ & Management, Ctr Food & Hlth Econ Res, Beijing 10083, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Key Lab Ecosyst Network Observat & Modeling, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
3.UN Environm Int Ecosyst Management Partnership UN, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Chen, Qihui,Pei, Chunchen,Bai, Yunli,et al. Impacts of Nutrition Subsidies on Diet Diversity and Nutritional Outcomes of Primary School Students in Rural Northwestern China-Do Policy Targets and Incentives Matter?[J]. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH,2019,16(16):14.
APA Chen, Qihui,Pei, Chunchen,Bai, Yunli,&Zhao, Qiran.(2019).Impacts of Nutrition Subsidies on Diet Diversity and Nutritional Outcomes of Primary School Students in Rural Northwestern China-Do Policy Targets and Incentives Matter?.INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH,16(16),14.
MLA Chen, Qihui,et al."Impacts of Nutrition Subsidies on Diet Diversity and Nutritional Outcomes of Primary School Students in Rural Northwestern China-Do Policy Targets and Incentives Matter?".INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH 16.16(2019):14.
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