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Type Journal Article - Journal of Econometrics
Title Birth-spacing, fertility and neonatal mortality in India: Dynamics, frailty, and fecundity
Volume 143
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
Page numbers 274-290
URL http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=20136290
Using microdata on 30,000 child births in India and dynamic panel data models, we analyze causal effects of birth spacing on subsequent neonatal mortality and of mortality on subsequent birth intervals, controlling for unobserved heterogeneity. Right censoring is accounted for by jointly estimating a fertility equation, identified by using data on sterilization. We find evidence of frailty, fecundity, and causal effects in both directions. Birth intervals explain only a limited share of the correlation between neonatal mortality of successive children in a family. We predict that for every neonatal death, 0.37 additional children are born, of whom 0.30 survive

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