The high rates of child mortality in developing countries today constitute one of the harshest failures of development. It is estimated that about 10 million children die each year before their first birthday and that a fourth of these deaths occur in India. A number of previous studies show that the burden of disease and death is born primarily by poorer people within poorer countries. This project presents and analyses evidence that challenges the conventional wisdom on the overwhelming importance of socio-economic status, introducing a systematic role for culture (identified here as religion).
Bhalotra, Sonia (2010). Religion and Childhood Death in India: Non-Technical Summary (Research summary) ESRC End of Award Report, RES-167-25-0236. ESRC, Swindon, UK. ESRC