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Table 1 Summary statistics

From: Socioeconomic gradients in early childhood health: evidence from Bangladesh and Nepal

Variable Variable definition Bangladesh Nepal
   Mean Std. Dev. Mean Std. Dev.
HAZ Height for Age Z Score –1.673 1.404 –1.656 1.389
WAZ Weight for Age Z Score –1.601 1.154 –1.418 1.096
Child Specific Variables      
Child’s Age Group      
Age 0–11M 1 if child is in 0–11 months age group, otherwise 0 0.197 0.398 0.196 0.397
Age 12–35M 1 if child is in 12–35 months age group, otherwise 0 0.374 0.484 0.404 0.491
Age 36–59M 1 if child is in 36–59 months age group, otherwise 0 0.429 0.495 0.400 0.490
Male 1 if child is a boy, otherwise 0 0.510 0.500 0.506 0.500
Birth Size 1 if child’s size at birth is below average, otherwise 0 0.170 0.376 0.178 0.382
Birth Order Child’s birth order 2.395 1.568 2.556 1.841
Mother Specific Variables      
Mother’s Age Current age of mother (in years) 25.531 5.885 26.758 5.996
Maternal Education     
No Education 1 if mother does not have any education, otherwise 0 0.201 0.401 0.469 0.499
Primary 1 if mother has attended primary education, otherwise 0 0.305 0.461 0.198 0.398
Secondary 1 if mother has attended secondary or higher education, otherwise 0 0.493 0.500 0.332 0.471
Mother’s Height Mother’s height (in centimeters) 150.895 5.465 151.122 5.315
Mother’s BMI Mother’s body mass index 20.754 3.428 20.976 2.937
Father Specific Variables      
Father’s Age Current age of father (in years) 34.218 7.905 31.017 7.299
Father’s Education     
No Education 1 if father does not have any education, otherwise 0 0.296 0.457 0.219 0.414
Primary 1 if father has attended primary education, otherwise 0 0.291 0.454 0.246 0.431
Secondary 1 if father has attended secondary or higher education, otherwise 0 0.412 0.492 0.535 0.499
Household Specific Variables      
Household Wealth Status      
Richest 1 if household is in the richest quintile, otherwise 0 0.176 0.381 0.139 0.346
Richer 1 if household is in the richer quintile, otherwise 0 0.189 0.392 0.172 0.378
Middle 1 if household is in the middle quintile, otherwise 0 0.196 0.397 0.234 0.424
Poorer 1 if household is in the poorer quintile, otherwise 0 0.204 0.403 0.202 0.401
Poorest 1 if household is in the poorest quintile, otherwise 0 0.236 0.424 0.253 0.435
Log (Household Size) Log of Household Size 1.735 0.397 1.731 0.412
Rural 1 if it is a rural household, otherwise 0 0.780 0.414 0.911 0.284
Religion 1 if a Muslim (Hindu) household in Bangladesh (Nepal), otherwise 0 0.913 0.281 0.838 0.368
Weighted Sample Size   7505 2342