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dc.contributor.author Gamper-Rabindran, S
dc.contributor.author Khan, S
dc.contributor.author Timmins, C
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-09T15:41:17Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Development Economics, 2010, 92 (2), pp. 188 - 200
dc.identifier.issn 0304-3878
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/2010
dc.description.abstract We examine the impact of piped water on the under-1 infant mortality rate (IMR) in Brazil using a recently developed econometric procedure for the estimation of quantile treatment effects with panel data. The provision of piped water in Brazil is highly correlated with other observable and unobservable determinants of IMR - the latter leading to an important source of bias. Instruments for piped water provision are not readily available, and fixed effects to control for time-invariant correlated unobservables are invalid in the simple quantile regression framework. Using the quantile panel data procedure in Chen and Khan [Chen, S., Khan, S., Semiparametric estimation of non-stationary censored panel model data models with time-varying factor. Econometric Theory 2007; forthcoming], our estimates indicate that the provision of piped water reduces infant mortality by significantly more at the higher conditional quantiles of the IMR distribution than at the lower conditional quantiles (except for cases of extreme underdevelopment). These results imply that targeting piped water intervention toward areas in the upper quantiles of the conditional IMR distribution, when accompanied by other basic public health inputs, can achieve significantly greater reductions in infant mortality. © 2009 Elsevier B.V.
dc.format.extent 188 - 200
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Development Economics
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2009.02.006
dc.title The impact of piped water provision on infant mortality in Brazil: A quantile panel data approach
dc.type Journal Article
dc.department Economics
pubs.issue 2
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pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Nicholas School of the Environment/Environmental Sciences and Policy
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences/Economics
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pubs.volume 92

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