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Understanding the Effects of Siblings on Child Mortality: Evidence from India

Makepeace, Gerald Henry and Pal, Sarmistha 2008. Understanding the Effects of Siblings on Child Mortality: Evidence from India. Journal of Population Economics 24 (4) , pp. 877-902. 10.1007/s00148-006-0123-6

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Given the intrinsically sequential nature of childbirth, timing of a child's birth has consequences not only for itself but also for its older and younger siblings. The paper argues that prior spacing and posterior spacing between consecutive siblings are thus important measures of intensity of sibling competition for limited parental resources. While the available estimates of child mortality tend to ignore the endogeneity of sibling composition, we use a correlated recursive model of prior and posterior spacing and child mortality to correct it. There is evidence that uncorrected estimates under-estimate the effects of prior and posterior spacing on child mortality.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1432-1475
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2022 11:22

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