Thompson Rivers University

Women empowerment and infant mortality in Bangladesh

November 11, 2015

Dr. Hossain research attempts to investigate the effects of women empowerment on infant mortality in Bangladesh. He used four indicators to measure four dimensions of women empowerment: the level of education, participation in household (HH) decisions, autonomy in movements and employment status. Using the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) data of 2011 and advanced statistical techniques the results show that three measures of empowerment (the level of education, participation in HH decisions and autonomy in movements) contribute significantly to the reduction of infant mortality. But women employment is associated with increased mortality for infants. The findings of this study have a number of policy implications on this issue for a developing country like Bangladesh. His research was published in the peer review journal Applied Economics.

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