Sebastian Vollmer is currently an assistant professor of development economics at the University of Göttingen and an adjunct assistant professor of global health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Göttingen and he was a postdoc at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.
Droughts and child health
27 Jan 2015
Research has pointed towards the importance of foetal health in child development. Assessing the impact of rainfall variability on child health, this column finds that exposure to drought in the womb increases the child’s likelihood of being underweight. It suggests that policies aimed at reducing child malnutrition need to start at the beginning of human life, that is, in the womb.
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