Basic Guide to the World: Trends in Infant Mortality Rates

8 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2014

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Gene Shackman

The Global Social Change Research Project

Xun Wang

University of Wisconsin, Parkside - Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Ya-Lin Liu

The Global Social Change Research Project

Date Written: October 9, 2014

Abstract

Infant mortality rate (IMR) has often been used as an indicator of human development. Thus, a basic understanding of the world would include a study of infant mortality rates. This paper shows world trends in infant mortality rates over the last 50 years. The major trend in IMR over the past half century, worldwide, has been a steady decline. The major trend in IMR among both the Least Developed Countries (LDC) and Mor Developed Countries (MDC) has also been a steady decline. However, IMR declined more among MDCs than it did among the LDCs. At the start of this time, IMR among LDCs was 4 times higher than was IMR among MDCs. At the end of this time, IMR among LDCs was 11 times higher than was IMR among MDCs.

Keywords: infant mortality, infant mortality rate, population, demography, sociology, social science, development studies, development, international development, mortality trends, population trends

JEL Classification: J11

Suggested Citation

Shackman, Gene and Wang, Xun and Liu, Ya-Lin, Basic Guide to the World: Trends in Infant Mortality Rates (October 9, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2508100 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2508100

Gene Shackman (Contact Author)

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Xun Wang

University of Wisconsin, Parkside - Department of Sociology/Anthropology ( email )

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Parkside, WI 53141-2000
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Ya-Lin Liu

The Global Social Change Research Project ( email )

Albany, NY 12203
United States

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