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Determinants of child mortality across states in India

by Barker, Leah

Abstract

India accounts for one in four of the under-five deaths in the world. Almost 300 million of its people live on less than 25 cents a day. This paper examines the determinants of child mortality in order to aid development strategies that aim to decrease mortality and increase human capital. I use a multivariate regression model examine the effect on child mortality of fertility, female literacy, health expenditure, education expenditures, GDP growth, per capita income, male literacy and vaccination rates across all 28 states in India. The majority of data used is from the third National Family Health Survey of India. The initial results were mixed and further testing shows influences of severe multicollinearity on the data. Due to the large range in child mortality rates across states, a dummy variable test examines the variation in two groups of states caused be either “high” or “low” child mortality.

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bachelor

Bachelor of Arts

Includes bibliographical references.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:3420
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
69 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Kapuria-Foreman, Vibha
Department/Program
Department of Economics and Business
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
None
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2011