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

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


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.
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
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