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Female Education and Child Mortality in Indonesia

Lisa Cameron () and N. Mellington

No 693, Department of Economics - Working Papers Series from The University of Melbourne

Abstract: This paper uses a sample of 6620 women from the 1994 Indonesian Demographic and Health Survey to examine the relationship between female education and child mortality in Indonesia. Feamle education is measured in terms of both years of education and literacy. Both primary and secondary schooling significantly decrease the probability of child death. Literacy is insignificant. When the sample is divided into urban and rural locations, primary and secondary education are signficant in reducing the likelihood of experiencing child mortality in both areas. The benefits of public and private infrastructure appear to differ according to rural/urban residency, however. The results confirm that investments in female human capital lower the probability of child mortality.

Keywords: WOMEN; CHILDREN; MORTALITY; INDONESIA (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J11 J13 J16 I20 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999
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