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Aggregate economic shocks and infant mortality: New evidence for middle-income countries
Authors: Norbert Schady, Marc-Francois Smitz
Source: Economics Letters, Volume 108, Issue 2, August 2010, Pages 145–148,
Topic(s): Economics
Infant mortality
Country: More than one region
  Multiple Regions
Published: AUG 2010
Abstract: Abstract We provide country-specific estimates of the effect of macroeconomic shocks on infant mortality for a sample of mainly middle-income countries. In most countries, infant mortality appears to be pro-cyclical or acyclical. Only when shocks to GDP are very deep, 15% or larger, are they consistently associated with higher mortality.