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Dean Spears, University of Texas at Austin

Neonatal death in private hospitals in north India: Preliminary evidence of a new mortality puzzle
When Nov 17, 2020
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation for the Fall MPRC Online Seminar Series

Death at the very start of life is disproportionately common in the large, disadvantaged states of north India.  We document a new mortality puzzle.  Despite the depiction of public facilities in policy debates, neonatal mortality is much higher in private than public hospitals in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — especially after accounting for the fact that births in public hospitals tend to be from disadvantaged families.  We present a collage of evidence on alternative explanations, and conclude that the most likely cause is the practice of healthcare in these private facilities. Co-authored with Diane Coffey

Dean Spears

Dean Spears is an economic demographer and development economist.  He is assistant professor in the Population Research Center and Economics at UT-Austin.  He is also Executive Director of r.i.c.e., a research and advocacy non-profit that works on children’s health and well-being in rural north India.  He is author of two books on children in India: Where India Goes, with Diane Coffey, and Air.

Note:  Zoom link will be provided the week preceding the seminar

Also Note Change in Normal Day:  This seminar is on a Tuesday

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