Community characteristics, individual and household attributes, and child survival in Brazil

by Narayan Sastry

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This paper presents an analysis of the relationship between community characteristics, household attributes, and child survival in Brazil. The principal objectives are to investigate how the social and environmental context in which a child is raised affects his or her survival chances, and to analyze how household variables modify the effects of community characteristics. The interaction effects the author examines help to explain the effects of community characteristics on child survival chances by illuminating the most likely pathways through which these covariates operate. This information is also useful for predicting who is most likely to benefit from public policies to improve community infrastructure, education, and health care.

Originally published in: Demography, v. 33, no. 2, May 1996, pp. 211-229.

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