Socioeconomic determinants of child mortality: Evidence from Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey

Rana Ejaz A. Khan, Khadija M. Bari and Muhammad Ali Raza

First published: 1 March 2019


This paper attempts to highlight socioeconomic determinants of child mortality in Pakistan. Binary logistic regression is applied to 7297 observations from the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-13. The results reveal that probability of child mortality decreases with greater birth-interval, child's large size at birth, more family members, mother's education, mother's ownership of assets and mother's decision-making at the household level. Policy makers can work to improve mothers' characteristics such as fertility behavior, education, empowerment and decision-making at the household level, to reduce child mortality.

Keywords: Child mortality · Fertility behavior · Women empowerment.

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