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A Note On Infant Mortality And Foreign Health-Aid

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  • Elsy T. KIZHAKETHALACKAL

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Foreign aid is used by recipient economies to ease the otherwise existing resource constraints. One of the areas to which aid has been directed is the health sector. To name a few, health-aid is used to provide basic health infrastructure, basic nutrition, infectious disease control, health education, and health personnel development. However, not enough attention has been paid to health-aid’s effectiveness on health outcomes. Our findings suggest that health-aid does not have a significant impact on infant mortality – one of the major health indicators for the developing countries. We however, find that gross domestic product per capita and primary levels of education are both important determinants of infant mortality. Physician stock to some extent also does influence.

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  • Elsy T. KIZHAKETHALACKAL, 2009. "A Note On Infant Mortality And Foreign Health-Aid," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 9(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:eaa:aeinde:v:9:y:2009:i:2_4
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    Keywords

    Infant Mortality; Health-Aid; instrumental variables;

    JEL classification:

    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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