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Replication data for: Excess Male Infant Mortality: The Gene-Institution Interactions

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  • Pongou, Roland
  • Kuate Defo, Barthelemy
  • Tsala Dimbuene, Zacharie
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  • Abstract

    Excess male mortality at early ages is an important source of child inequality in most societies. We examine how improvement in the quality of political institutions affects the male survival disadvantage. Using data on twins in combination with a natural experiment on the development of African institutions, we quantify the distinct effects of biology and preconception environment on the infant mortality sex gap and find that these effects are important only in poor institutions. The analysis implies that improved institutions constrain genetic expression and mitigate preconception influences on excess male infant mortality, which is an optimistic finding with pragmatic implications.
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    DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171146 (Text)
  • Pongou, Roland, Barthelemy Kuate Defo, and Zacharie Tsala Dimbuene. “Excess Male Infant Mortality: The Gene-Institution Interactions.” American Economic Review 107, no. 5 (May 2017): 541–45.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.p20171146 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-12

Pongou, Roland; Kuate Defo, Barthelemy; Tsala Dimbuene, Zacharie (2017): Replication data for: Excess Male Infant Mortality: The Gene-Institution Interactions. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.