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Explaining the Decline of Child Mortality in 44 Developing Countries: A Bayesian Extension of Oaxaca Decomposition Methods

  title={Explaining the Decline of Child Mortality in 44 Developing Countries: A Bayesian Extension of Oaxaca Decomposition Methods},
  author={Antonio P. Ramos and Martin J Flores and Leiwen Gao and Patrick Heuveline and Robert E. Weiss},
  journal={arXiv: Applications},
We investigate the decline of infant mortality in 42 low and middle income countries (LMIC) using detailed micro data from 84 Demographic and Health Surveys. We estimate infant mortality risk for each infant in our data and develop a novel extension of Oaxaca decomposition to understand the sources of these changes. We find that the decline in infant mortality is due to a declining propensity for parents with given characteristics to experience the death of an infant rather than due to changes… Expand

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