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Behavioural Factors as Emerging Main Determinants of Child Mortality in Middle-Income Countries: A Case Study of Jordan

Cornelia Kaldewei and Ingo Pitterle

Working Papers from United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs

Abstract: This paper uses data from Jordan’s 2007 Demographic and Health Survey to reassess the main determinants of child mortality in this middle-income country. Running different logit estimations to allow for different time windows and sets of variables, we find that behavioural factors have gained importance, compared to the household and community factors that were found to be important in earlier studies. We conclude that once a country has passed a certain threshold in household income, education and access to health care and safe drinking water, policies targeting behavioural changes are the most promising for achieving further reductions in mortality rates.

Keywords: child mortality; infant mortality; emerging determinants; behavioural factors; middle-income countries; Jordan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 J13 O29 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2011-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-cwa and nep-hea
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