Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174954
Authors: 
Kotsadam, Andreas
Lind, Jo Thori
Modalsli, Jørgen
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 6831
Abstract: 
The Nordic countries have the lowest maternal and child mortality rates in the world. This has not always been the case. In 1887 the mortality rates in Norway were similar to those of developing countries today. During the next 34 years, Norwegian maternal mortality was halved and infant mortality fell by 40 percent. Investigating the relationship between health personnel and mortality at the local level during this period, we find a large and robust effect of midwives on reduced maternal mortality. No clear effect is found for other types of health personnel or on infant mortality.
Subjects: 
health policy
public service provision
history
mortality
JEL: 
H41
I18
N33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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