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Female Education and Child Mortality in Indonesia

  • Cameron, L.
  • Mellington, N.

This paper uses a sample of 6620 women from the 1994 Indonesian Demographic and Health Survey to examine the relationship between female education and child mortality in Indonesia. Feamle education is measured in terms of both years of education and literacy. Both primary and secondary schooling significantly decrease the probability of child death. Literacy is insignificant. When the sample is divided into urban and rural locations, primary and secondary education are signficant in reducing the likelihood of experiencing child mortality in both areas. The benefits of public and private infrastructure appear to differ according to rural/urban residency, however. The results confirm that investments in female human capital lower the probability of child mortality.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 693.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:693
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