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Behavioural Factors as Emerging Main Determinants of Child Mortality in Middle-Income Countries: A Case Study of Jordan

  • Cornelia Kaldewei
  • Ingo Pitterle

This paper uses data from Jordan’s 2007 Demographic and Health Survey to reassess the main determinants of child mortality in this middle-income country. Running different logit estimations to allow for different time windows and sets of variables, we find that behavioural factors have gained importance, compared to the household and community factors that were found to be important in earlier studies. We conclude that once a country has passed a certain threshold in household income, education and access to health care and safe drinking water, policies targeting behavioural changes are the most promising for achieving further reductions in mortality rates.

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Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 103.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:103
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