Thursday, November 29, 2018

3 December 2018: Tiffin Talk - Does beef availability early in life affect anaemia decades later? Evidence from cattle slaughter bans in India

Aparjita Dasgupta,
Ashoka University

This paper uses the rollout of cattle slaughter bans in India as a natural experiment in beef availability around birth. We compile rich historical data on cattle slaughter ban legislation and harmonize it with household and individual level data on beef consumption and biomarkers from independent data sources for this purpose. Using a triple differences-in-difference strategy along with an event study design, we show that cattle slaughter bans reduce the availability of beef for the poor. In the long –term we find that early life exposure to cow slaughter bans leads to lower levels of haemoglobin (Hb)for poor women in communities that traditionally eat beef, who are up to 10% more likely to be anaemic in their prime reproductive ages.

Date: December 3, 2018
Time: 11:30 A.M.

Brookings India
No. 6, Second Floor,
Dr. Jose P. Rizal Marg,
New Delhi-110021


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