Health Aid and Infant Mortality

Author/Editor:

David Locke Newhouse ; Prachi Mishra

Publication Date:

April 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

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.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/100

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451866643/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007100

Format:

Paper

Pages:

40

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