Encountering the Evidence: Child Mortality and Per Capita Income in Africa

Current Politics and Economics of Africa, Volume 4, Number 3

Posted: 31 Mar 2009 Last revised: 22 Apr 2012

Nathanael Ojong

Tyndale University College

Date Written: December 1, 2011

Abstract

Although at the theoretical level, there is a correlation between under-five mortality and per capita income, empirical work on this relationship is mixed with some studies stressing the lack of correlation whereby an increase in per capita income does not lead to a corresponding decrease in under-five mortality. To others there exists a relationship. Is there a correlation between under-five mortality and per capita income? Does this relationship vary among countries? Using data from twenty countries in Africa, we find that: (a) There is a correlation between under-five mortality and per capita income and (b) The strength of the relationship varies among countries..

Keywords: Africa, under-five mortality, per capita income, economic growth

Suggested Citation

Ojong, Nathanael, Encountering the Evidence: Child Mortality and Per Capita Income in Africa (December 1, 2011). Current Politics and Economics of Africa, Volume 4, Number 3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1370333

Nathanael Ojong (Contact Author)

Tyndale University College ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M2M3S4
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