Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174392
Authors: 
Barenberg, Andrew J.
Basu, Deepankar
Soylu, Ceren
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper 2015-19
Abstract: 
Using a panel data set of Indian states between 1983-84 and 2011-12, this paper studies the impact of public health expenditure on the infant mortality rate (IMR), after controlling for other relevant covariates like per capita income, female literacy, and urbanization. We find that public expenditure on health care reduces IMR. Our baseline specification shows that an increase in public health expenditure by 1 percent of state-level GDP is associated with a reduction in the IMR by about 8 infant deaths per 1000 live births. We also find that female literacy and urbanization reduces the IMR.
Subjects: 
infant mortality rate
public health expenditure
female literacy
India
JEL: 
E12
E20
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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