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Intergenerational Persistence in Child Mortality

Frances R. Lu and Tom Vogl

No 29810, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We study the intergenerational persistence of inequality by estimating grandmother-mother associations in the loss of a child, using pooled data from 119 Demographic and Health Surveys in 44 developing countries. Compared with compatriots of the same age, women with at least one sibling who died in childhood face 39% higher odds of having experienced at least one own-child death, or 7 percentage points at age 49. Place fixed effects reduce estimated mortality persistence by 47%; socioeconomic covariates explain far less. Within countries over time, persistence falls with aggregate child mortality, so that mortality decline disproportionately benefits high-mortality lineages.

JEL-codes: I14 I15 J62 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-03
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Published as Frances Lu & Tom Vogl, 2023. "Intergenerational Persistence in Child Mortality," American Economic Review: Insights, vol 5(1), pages 93-109.

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