Macro shocks and micro outcomes: Child nutrition during Indonesia's crisis

Steven A. Block, Lynnda Kiess, Patrick Webb, Soewarta Kosen, Regina Moench-Pfanner, Martin W. Bloem, C. Peter Timmer

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A survey of households in rural Java is used to assess the nutritional impact of Indonesia's drought and financial crisis of 1997/1998. A time-age-cohort decomposition reveals significant nutritional impacts. However, child weight-for-age (WAZ) remained constant throughout the crisis, despite rapid increases in food prices and the consequent household consumption shock. The evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that within households, mothers buffered children's caloric intake, resulting in increased maternal wasting. However, reductions in the consumption of high-quality foods further resulted in increased prevalence of anemia for both mothers and children. The combined effects were particularly severe for cohorts conceived and weaned during the crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-44
Number of pages24
JournalEconomics and Human Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Consumption shocks
  • Crisis
  • Health
  • Indonesia
  • Malnutrition
  • Micronutrients
  • Nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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Block, S. A., Kiess, L., Webb, P., Kosen, S., Moench-Pfanner, R., Bloem, M. W., & Timmer, C. P. (2004). Macro shocks and micro outcomes: Child nutrition during Indonesia's crisis. Economics and Human Biology, 2(1), 21-44.