Circular Migration and Young Child Malnutrition in Guatemala

by Charles H. Teller, William Butz


Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.8 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback21 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

This paper was originally presented at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America, April 14-16, 1983, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It explores the relationship between circular migration and one of its possible social consequences: changes in a young child's nutritional status. The authors raise two questions: (1) Are circular migrants at higher risk to certain negative consequences, in this case malnutrition of their children, than their nonmigrant neighbors? (2) If they are a special risk group, is this related more to their low socioeconomic status or to the actual experience of frequent, temporal migratory events? The findings suggest, among other things, that migration activity and patterns should be explicitly measured and their effects evaluated in nutrition and health studies, and that nutritional interventions might be most effective if they focused on the children of migrants during the migratory period and not after it.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.