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Gender differentials in the timing of measles vaccination in rural India

Anu Rammohan, Niyi Awofeso and Kazi Iqbal ()
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Anu Rammohan: University of Western Australia
Niyi Awofeso: University of Western Australia

Demographic Research, 2014, vol. 30, issue 67, 1825-1848

Abstract: Background: Measles is a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease. Gender differences in measles vaccination outcomes have been widely reported in India. Objective: An overlooked factor is whether female children are less likely to be vaccinated age-appropriately. Methods: In this paper we use data from the nationally representative 2008 District Level Household Survey (DLHS) to analyse if there are any gender differences in the propensity to vaccinate a child for measles, and, among the vaccinated sample, whether there are any gender differences in the probability of age-appropriate measles vaccination. Results: Our analysis confirms that girls have both a significantly lower probability of being vaccinated and of being vaccinated age-appropriately.

Keywords: gender; India; Measles vaccination; age appropriateness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.30.67

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