The Cuban Revolution and Infant Mortality, 1959-1974

14 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2018  

Jamie Bologna Pavlik

Texas Tech University - Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Vincent Geloso

Bates College

Date Written: June 22, 2018

Abstract

The Cuban government often vaunts its accomplishment of reducing infant mortality post 1959. However, because many Latin American countries experienced similar decreases, it is unclear that this effect is government induced. We use the fact that Cuba underwent momentous and unique political change to consider the legacy of the Fidel Castro regime on infant mortality. We employ a synthetic control method to ascertain the reduction attributable to the regime. We find that in the first years of the regime, infant mortality increased relative to the counterfactual but that - after the introduction of Soviet foreign aid - infant mortality reverted to trend.

Keywords: Infant Mortality, Cuba, Castro Regime, Health Economics

JEL Classification: H51, I10, I18, N36

Suggested Citation

Bologna Pavlik, Jamie and Geloso, Vincent, The Cuban Revolution and Infant Mortality, 1959-1974 (June 22, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3201194 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3201194

Jamie Bologna Pavlik

Texas Tech University - Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics ( email )

Box 42132
Lubbock, TX 79409-2132
United States

Vincent Geloso (Contact Author)

Bates College ( email )

Department of Economics
Lewiston, ME
United States

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