Maternal Mortality, Religion and the Enrolment of Girls and Boys: Is There a Link?

17 Pages Posted: 23 May 2014

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Arusha V. Cooray

Embassy of Sri Lanka, Oslo

Stephan Klasen

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: March 12, 2014

Abstract

We investigate empirically the impact of maternal mortality on the enrolment rate of girls and boys at the primary and secondary levels. We also examine whether the effect of maternal mortality on enrolment is strengthened or weakened by religion. Evidence shows that at both the primary and secondary levels, maternal mortality has a negative impact on the enrolment of girls and boys, with the negative greater for girls than for boys. For girls, the negative effect of maternal mortality is compounded by religion and increased fertility.

Keywords: Maternal mortality, enrolment of girls, enrolment of boys, religion

Suggested Citation

Cooray, Arusha V. and Klasen, Stephan, Maternal Mortality, Religion and the Enrolment of Girls and Boys: Is There a Link? (March 12, 2014). Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 197. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2437469 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2437469

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