Religion and childhood death in India

S. Bhalotra, C. Valente, A.H.O. van Soest

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Muslim children in India face substantially lower mortality risks than Hindu children. This is surprising because one would have expected just the opposite: Muslims have, on average, lower socio-economic status, higher fertility, shorter birth-spacing, and are a minority group in India that may be expected to live in areas that have relatively poor public provision. Although higher fertility amongst Muslims as compared with Hindus has excited considerable political and academic attention in India, higher mortality amongst Hindus has gone largely unnoticed. This paper considers this seeming puzzle in depth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Muslims in India
EditorsR. Basant, A. Shariff
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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