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Seeking Explanations for High Levels of Infant Mortality in Pakistan



    (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad)


Here we seek explanations for the relatively high levels of infant mortality in Pakistan compared with those in other countries having middle-level per capita incomes. Data are mainly drawn from the birth histories of 9810 ever-married women interviewed in the Population Labour Force and Migration Survey of 1979. The empirical evidence points to childbearing and childrearing practices, such as spacing, to be more important determinants of mortality than economic factors. Availability of health care is also an important determinant of mortality but parents' propensity to avail themselves of it may be more critical to child survival.

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  • Zeba A. Sathar, 1987. "Seeking Explanations for High Levels of Infant Mortality in Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 26(1), pages 55-70.
  • Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:26:y:1987:i:1:p:55-70

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    1. Amjad, Rashid, 1984. "The management of Pakistan's economy 1947-82," MPRA Paper 35850, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Ghulam Mustafa Zahid, 1996. "Mother’s Health-seeking Behaviour and Childhood Mortality in Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 35(4), pages 719-731.
    2. MOHAMMAD AFZAL & TARIQ ASLAM RAJA & ALl MOHAMMAD, 1988. "Some Differentials in Infant and Child Mortality Risksin Pakistan1962 - 1986," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 27(4), pages 635-644.
    3. Rizwana Siddiqui, 2008. "Income, Public Social Services, and Capability Development : A Cross-district Analysis of Pakistan," Development Economics Working Papers 22221, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    4. Zeba Ayesha Sathar & Shahnaz Kazi, 2000. "Women’s Autonomy in the Context of Rural Pakistan," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 39(2), pages 89-110.
    5. Siddiqui, Rizwana, 2007. "The role of household income and public provision of social services in satisfaction of basic needs in Pakistan: A cross district analysis," MPRA Paper 4409, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Hall, Andrew & Kirby, Helen, 2010. "The numbers, educational status and health of enrolled and non-enrolled school-age children in the Allai Valley, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 70(8), pages 1131-1140, April.

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