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Health Aid and Infant Mortality

  • David Locke Newhouse
  • Prachi Mishra

This paper examines the relationship between health aid and infant mortality, using data from 118 countries between 1973 and 2004. Health aid has a statistically significant effect on infant mortality: doubling per capita health aid is associated with a 2 percent reduction in the infant mortality rate. For the average country, this implies that increasing per capita health aid by US$1.60 per year is associated with 1.5 fewer infant deaths per thousand births. The estimated effect is small, relative to the targets envisioned by the Millennium Development Goals.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 07/100.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 2007
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:07/100
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