whp volume 8, issue 2, P69-82 2006 DOI: 10.12927/whp.2006.17896 View full text
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Gerald Makepeace, Sarmistha Pal

Abstract: Unlike most existing studies, this paper examines the effects of birth interval on child mortality in a sequential framework. Birth spacing is captured by the length of time since the birth of the last child and the time varying covariates identifying the arrival of a younger sibling during any month after the birth of the present child. We use an instrumental variable method to reduce the endogeneity bias and compare the hazard estimates of child survival with and without instruments for birth spacing. These …

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