Health Aid and Infant Mortality

42 Pages Posted: 8 May 2007

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Prachi Mishra

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department

David Locke Newhouse

World Bank

Date Written: May 2007

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between health aid and infant mortality, using data from 118 countries between 1973 and 2004. Health aid has a statistically significant effect on infant mortality: doubling per capita health aid is associated with a 2 percent reduction in the infant mortality rate. For the average country, this implies that increasing per capita health aid by US$1.60 per year is associated with 1.5 fewer infant deaths per thousand births. The estimated effect is small, relative to the targets envisioned by the Millennium Development Goals.

Suggested Citation

Mishra, Prachi and Newhouse, David Locke, Health Aid and Infant Mortality (May 2007). IMF Working Papers, Vol. , pp. 1-40, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=984605

Prachi Mishra (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department ( email )

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Washington, DC 20431
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David Locke Newhouse

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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