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The Determinants of Birth Weight in Guinea
Authors: Aboubacar Kaba, Sékou Falil Doumbouya, and Mama Keita
Source: Journal of African Development, 19:39–47
Topic(s): Birth weight
Country: Africa
Published: DEC 2017
Abstract: This study analyses the determinants of birth weight in Guinea using data from the DHS collected in 2005. The results from econometric analysis show that mother’s age, child’s sex, area of residence, and tetanus immunization status of the mother are strongly correlated with birth weight in Guinea. However, the size of the correlation between anti-tetanus vaccination and birth weight depends on the estimation method. Thus, it is important to use appropriate estimation method to avoid misleading inference and bad policies. Keywords: Birth weight, estimation method, Guinea