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Health care expenditure and infant mortality in sub-Saharan Africa

Anthony Akinlo and Abiola O. Sulola

Journal of Policy Modeling, 2019, vol. 41, issue 1, 168-178

Abstract: The paper examines the impact of public health expenditure on under-five and infant mortality rates in 10 selected sub-Saharan African countries for the period 2000–2008. The results show that government health expenditure has a positive effect on under-five and infant mortality. However, the results show GDP per capita, health aid, hiv prevalence and immunization have significant negative effects on under-five and infant mortality. The results clearly suggest that health care expenditures have not been translated to improvement in under-five mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. The results possibly reflect the high level of corruption and fungibility of public health expenditure in sub-Saharan Africa countries.

Keywords: Government health expenditure; Under-five mortality; Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jpolmod.2018.09.001

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