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The costs of consumption smoothing : less schooling and less nutrition. / De Magalhaes, Leandro; Koh, Dongya; Santaeulàlia-Llopis, Raül.

In: Journal of Demographic Economics, Vol. 85, No. 3, 22.08.2019, p. 181-208.

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De Magalhaes, L, Koh, D & Santaeulàlia-Llopis, R 2019, 'The costs of consumption smoothing: less schooling and less nutrition', Journal of Demographic Economics, vol. 85, no. 3, pp. 181-208. https://doi.org/10.1017/dem.2019.7

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De Magalhaes, L., Koh, D., & Santaeulàlia-Llopis, R. (2019). The costs of consumption smoothing: less schooling and less nutrition. Journal of Demographic Economics, 85(3), 181-208. https://doi.org/10.1017/dem.2019.7

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De Magalhaes L, Koh D, Santaeulàlia-Llopis R. The costs of consumption smoothing: less schooling and less nutrition. Journal of Demographic Economics. 2019 Aug 22;85(3):181-208. https://doi.org/10.1017/dem.2019.7

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De Magalhaes, Leandro ; Koh, Dongya ; Santaeulàlia-Llopis, Raül. / The costs of consumption smoothing : less schooling and less nutrition. In: Journal of Demographic Economics. 2019 ; Vol. 85, No. 3. pp. 181-208.

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