Date of Graduation
Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)
How does early life rainfall impact later life human capital outcomes in Bangladesh? This paper examines the effect of exogenous rainfall shocks that occur during individuals early-life on later life health, wealth and education outcomes of Bangladeshi women born between 1952-1988. I link historical rainfall for each woman’s birth year and Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) cluster of birth with current outcomes from the 1999/2000, 2004 and 2007 survey rounds of the DHS. This study finds that rural women with 20% higher than mean rainfall in their year and cluster of birth are on average 0.24 cm taller and score 0.053 higher on a wealth index (1-5). I find that 20% higher rainfall in the two seasons prior to birth leads to women attaining 0.097 more years of education. I find excess rainfall has a negative impact on height and education for women born in urban areas, but I give this result less attention due to the low number of observations of women born in urban areas in the sample.
Dreesen, Thomas, "Early Life Rainfall and Later Life Human Capital Outcomes in Bangladesh" (2014). Master's Theses. 86.