The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Infant Mortality

  • K. Wolpin
Reference work entry


There is extensive variation in the level of infant mortality (deaths under 1 year of age) across countries, over time within countries, and across subgroups within countries or regions. Social scientists, and demographers in particular, have devoted a great deal of research effort towards identifying the underlying sources of variation, biological and genetic, environmental and behavioural, and their relative importance.

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