Child mortality, fertility, and human capital accumulation

Leonid V. Azarnert

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This article analyzes the impact of decline in child mortality on fertility and economic growth. The study shows that the timing of mortality relative to education is crucial to implications of mortality decline. If child mortality is realized before education starts, an exogenous decline in child mortality leads to a decline in education-a finding that is opposite to those of studies that considered a decline in mortality after the cost of education has been incurred. The work also demonstrates the role of parental human capital in reducing child mortality and the causal link between rising education and declining child mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-297
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Child mortality
  • Economic growth
  • Fertility
  • Human capital


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