Persistence of income inequality : does child mortality matter?

Sarkar, Dipanwita & Sarkar, Jayanta (2012) Persistence of income inequality : does child mortality matter? Journal of Developing Areas, 46(2), pp. 105-123.

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Many developing countries are afflicted by persistent inequality in the distribution of income. While a growing body of literature emphasizes differential fertility as a channel through which income inequality persists, this paper investigates differential child mortality – differences in the incidence of child mortality across socioeconomic groups – as a critical link in this regard. Using evidence from cross-country data to evaluate this linkage, we find that differential child mortality serves as a stronger channel than differential fertility in the transmission of income inequality over time. We use random effects and generalized estimating equations techniques to account for temporal correlation within countries. The results are robust to the use of an alternate definition of fertility that reflects parental preference for children instead of realized fertility.

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ID Code: 38141
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Differential child mortality, Differential fertility, Income inequality, Channel of transmission.
ISSN: 0022-037X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Economic Development and Growth (140202)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [Please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2010 22:24
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2012 23:40

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