Effects of economic downturns on child mortality: a global economic analysis, 1981-2010.

Authors: Maruthappu M, Watson RA, Watkins J, Zeltner T, Raine R, Atun R.

Source: BMJ Glob Health. 2017 Apr 18;2(2):e000157. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2016-000157. eCollection 2017 Mar.

OBJECTIVES: To analyse how economic downturns affect child mortality both globally and among subgroups of countries of variable income levels.

PARTICIPANTS: 204 countries between 1981 and 2010.

CONCLUSIONS: Economic downturns occur frequently and are associated with significant deteriorations in child mortality, with worse declines in lower income countries.

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