Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: The Role of Infrastructure

26 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

Date Written: November 2003

Abstract

Leipziger, Fay, Wodon, and Yepes provide an empirical analysis of the determinants of three child-health outcomes related to the Millennium Development Goals: the infant mortality rate, the child mortality rate, and the prevalence of malnutrition. Using data from Demographic and Health Surveys, they go beyond traditional cross-country regressions by exploiting the variability in outcomes and explanatory variables observed within countries between asset quintiles. The authors show the relationships existing between the prevalence of diseases (diarrhea and malnutrition) and mortality. Their findings suggest that apart from traditional variables (income, assets, education, and direct health interventions), better access to basic infrastructure services has an important role in improving child health outcomes. Their analysis of interaction effects between interventions also suggests the importance of combining interventions to meet the Millenium Development Goals.

This paper - a product of the Finance, Private Sector, and Infrastructure Unit, Latin America and the Caribbean Region - is part of a larger effort in the region to promote the Millennium Development Goals.

Suggested Citation

Leipziger, Danny and Fay, Marianne and Wodon, Quentin T. and Yepes, Tito, Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: The Role of Infrastructure (November 2003). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3163. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=636582

Danny Leipziger (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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Marianne Fay

World Bank ( email )

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Quentin T. Wodon

World Bank ( email )

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202-522-0054 (Fax)

Tito Yepes

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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