Going into Labor : Earnings vs . Infant Survival in Rural Africa

  title={Going into Labor : Earnings vs . Infant Survival in Rural Africa},
  author={Elsa V. Artadi},
  • Elsa V. Artadi
  • Published 2005
In Sub-Saharan Africa, variation in weather and nutrition causes children born in certain months to be up to three percentage points more likely to die. This seasonal variation is large relative to the annual average of eleven percent infant mortality. Parents do not always time births for low-mortality months. Agricultural cycles may help explain why: in some areas, low-mortality months coincide with high demand for women’s labor. Thus, parents are faced with a stark trade-off between their… CONTINUE READING


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