Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33968
Authors: 
Bhalotra, Sonia
van Soest, Arthur
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 2163
Abstract: 
A dynamic panel data model of neonatal mortality and birth spacing is analyzed, accounting for causal effects of birth spacing on subsequent mortality and of mortality on the length of the next birth interval, while controlling for unobserved heterogeneity in mortality (frailty) and birth spacing (fecundity). The model is estimated using micro data on almost 30,000 children of 7,300 Indian mothers, for whom a complete retrospective record of fertility and child mortality is available. Information on sterilization is used to identify an equation for completion of family formation that is needed to account for right-censoring in the data. We find clear evidence of frailty, fecundity, and causal effects of birth spacing on mortality and vice versa, but find that birth interval effects can explain only a limited share of the correlation between neonatal mortality of successive children in a family. We also predict the impact of mortality on total fertility. Model simulations suggest that, for every neonatal death, an additional 0.37 children are born, of whom 0.3 survive.
Subjects: 
fertility
birth spacing
neonatal mortality
health
dynamic panel data models
siblings
JEL: 
I12
J13
C33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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