Aggregate Income Shocks and Infant Mortality in the Developing World

@article{Baird2011AggregateIS,
  title={Aggregate Income Shocks and Infant Mortality in the Developing World},
  author={S. Baird and J. Friedman and Norbert R. Schady},
  journal={Review of Economics and Statistics},
  year={2011},
  volume={93},
  pages={847-856}
}
  • S. Baird, J. Friedman, Norbert R. Schady
  • Published 2011
  • Economics
  • Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Health and income are strongly correlated both within and across countries, yet the extent to which improvements in income have a causal effect on health status remains controversial. We investigate whether short-term fluctuations in aggregate income affect infant mortality using an unusually large data set of 1.7 million births in 59 developing countries. We show a large, negative association between per capita GDP and infant mortality. Female infant mortality is more sensitive than male… CONTINUE READING
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