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Stella Lartey, Rasheda Khanam () and Shingo Takahashi
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Stella Lartey: Policy Analyst, Ministry of Health, Ghana
Shingo Takahashi: Professor, International University of Japan

No EMS_2016_01, Working Papers from Research Institute, International University of Japan

Abstract: This paper pools four waves of data from Demographic and Health Surveys (from 1993 to2008) to examine the impact of household wealth status on child survival in Ghana. The Weibull hazard model with gamma frailty was used to estimate the general wealth effect, as well as the trend of wealth effect on child fs survival probability. We find that household wealth status has a negative and significant effect on the hazard rate. Thus a child is more likely to survive when he/she is from a household with high wealth status. Even though wealth effect declined over the years, the risk of death for children from the poorest households was about 1.7 times higher than those from the richest households. Among other factors, birth spacing and parental education are found to be highly significant to increase a child fs survival probability.

Keywords: Child survival; wealth; Weibull hazard model; Gamma frailty; Ghana (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2016-01
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