SEAFERT Home | Data Archive  | Research Papers | Participants | Measurement | Bibliography | Contact Us |


Infant and Child Mortality

Infant and child mortality, in addition to being an important index of socioeconomic development, also has a well-developed theoretical link to the motivation for childbearing. With a lack of institutional-based pensions, parents see their adult children as providers of old-age assistance. Under conditions of high mortality, parents are likely to "insure" themselves with extra births. On the other hand, when mortality begins to decline, families may begin to see large families as an impediment to social mobility or status maintenance (Davis, 1963).