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Religion and Mortality in sub-Saharan Africa

Managou, Angeliki LU (2015) EKHM52 20151
Department of Economic History
Abstract
The impact of socioeconomic factors on adult and under-five mortality is a subject which has been widely discussed. However, one cannot say the same when it comes to the impact of religion on mortality, and in fact, most of the existing literature has focused on the impact of religious participation on disease-specific mortality among adults. The purpose of this paper was to examine the impact of religion both on underfive mortality and on its subdivisions namely the infant and child one. The rationale behind this choice was the fact that religions all over the world tend to include several rules that can either promote or, „condemn‟ the longevity of their followers. For the implementation of this analysis, a set of nine low-income... (More)
The impact of socioeconomic factors on adult and under-five mortality is a subject which has been widely discussed. However, one cannot say the same when it comes to the impact of religion on mortality, and in fact, most of the existing literature has focused on the impact of religious participation on disease-specific mortality among adults. The purpose of this paper was to examine the impact of religion both on underfive mortality and on its subdivisions namely the infant and child one. The rationale behind this choice was the fact that religions all over the world tend to include several rules that can either promote or, „condemn‟ the longevity of their followers. For the implementation of this analysis, a set of nine low-income countries of sub-Saharan Africa was selected and by using the information provided by the Demographic and Health Surveys Program a study sample of 59,014 women aged 15-49 was obtained. Next, five hypotheses were formulated and tested with the help of OLS, revealing several differences among religious groups. The study concluded that these differences can be explained both by differences in religious practices and by socioeconomic ones. (Less)
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Managou, Angeliki LU
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EKHM52 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Infant mortality, Child mortality, Under-five mortality, sub-Saharan Africa, Religion
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English
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7373517
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  abstract     = {The impact of socioeconomic factors on adult and under-five mortality is a subject which has been widely discussed. However, one cannot say the same when it comes to the impact of religion on mortality, and in fact, most of the existing literature has focused on the impact of religious participation on disease-specific mortality among adults. The purpose of this paper was to examine the impact of religion both on underfive mortality and on its subdivisions namely the infant and child one. The rationale behind this choice was the fact that religions all over the world tend to include several rules that can either promote or, „condemn‟ the longevity of their followers. For the implementation of this analysis, a set of nine low-income countries of sub-Saharan Africa was selected and by using the information provided by the Demographic and Health Surveys Program a study sample of 59,014 women aged 15-49 was obtained. Next, five hypotheses were formulated and tested with the help of OLS, revealing several differences among religious groups. The study concluded that these differences can be explained both by differences in religious practices and by socioeconomic ones.},
  author       = {Managou, Angeliki},
  keyword      = {Infant mortality,Child mortality,Under-five mortality,sub-Saharan Africa,Religion},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Religion and Mortality in sub-Saharan Africa},
  year         = {2015},
}