What does the decrease in child mortality really mean?


Published 14.11.19

A decline in child mortality in America led to substantial changes in women’s choices and behaviour

How does a decline in child mortality influence women’s choices of labour market participation, marriage, and fertility? Antibiotics first arrived in America in 1937 and treated pneumonia, which was the leading cause of child death at the time. Sonia Bhalotra discusses evidence from a study that investigated whether following the introduction of antiobiotics, women made different choices regarding the timing of their fertility, their work participation, and their marriage.