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GTAP Resource #6066

"Can the Gap between Infant and Child Mortality be explained by Malnutrition in India?"
by Deb, Surajit

Some recent findings indicate malnutrition as the major determinant of death burden among children in India. Although the association between malnutrition and mortality is well established for children below 4 or 5 years of age, exploration of the relation specific to infant or children’s age group have remained limited. This issue is crucial considering the wide gaps that are observed between the infant and child mortality rates as well as the disparities between malnutrition prevalence at the relevant age groups of less than 12 months and 12 to 48 months. We consider the National Family Health Survey (2015-16) data from 29 states of India and examine the extent to which the malnutrition burden diverges across age groups and also attempt to link this with the gap between infant and child mortality rates across different states. Our results indicated greater correlation between death burden and malnutrition for the children’s age in comparison to the infant age. As regards the burden of infant mortalities, the regression analyses revealed the role of other determinants, viz., women illiteracy, vaccinations, breastfeeding, dietary diversity or per capita income levels across states in India.

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Category: 2020 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented during the 23rd Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis (Virtual Conference)
Date: 2020
Created: Deb, S. (4/15/2020)
Updated: Batta, G. (6/18/2020)
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- Demographics
- Economic development
- Health
- Asia (South-Central)

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