Urban Slums and Children's Health in Less-Developed Countries

  • Andrew K. Jorgenson University of Utah
  • James Rice New Mexico State University

Abstract

We utilize first-difference panel regression analysis to assess the direct effect of urban slumprevalence on national level measures of under-5 mortality rates over the period 1990 to 2005.Utilizing data on 80 less developed countries, the results illustrate increasing urban slumprevalence over the period is a robust predictor of increasing child mortality rates. This effectobtains net the statistically significant influence of gross domestic product per capita, fertilityrate, and educational enrollment. Cross-sectional analyses for 2005 that include additionalcontrols provide further evidence of the mortality / urban slum relationship. The results confirmurban slum prevalence growth is an important contextual dynamic whereby the socialproduction of child mortality is enacted in the less developed countries.
Published
2012-02-26
How to Cite
Jorgenson, A. K., & Rice, J. (2012). Urban Slums and Children’s Health in Less-Developed Countries. Journal of World-Systems Research, 18(1), 103-115. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2012.483
Section
Land Rights in the World-System

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