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Macroeconomic Determinants of Infant Mortality in WAEMU Countries: Evidence from Panel Data Analysis

Kwami Edem Abbuy

Applied Economics and Finance, 2018, vol. 5, issue 6, 52-60

Abstract: This paper investigates the macroeconomic determinants of infant mortality in WAEMU countries for the period 1980¨C2016. A panel data model from WAEMU countries was used to identify the macroeconomic determinants of infant mortality. We used fixed effects instrumental variables (FE-IV) estimator in panel data model. Our analysis using econometric estimations after correcting for endogeneity showed that female literacy, GDP per capita as a proxy for income, public health expenditure as a percentage of GDP and urbanization significantly affect infant mortality rate in a negative way.

Keywords: infant mortality; fertility; education; public health expenditure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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