Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively High? Some Possible Answers.

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    • Abstract:
      The infant mortality rate (IMR) is the rate of death of children younger than one year of age. In the United States, the IMR has been declining over time. However, it has been declining much more slowly than in other nations. As a result, the US global ranking in IMRs is also declining. This analytic essay explores some of the reasons why it might be undergoing this relative decline by critically dissecting secondary sources of data. We found that slow progress in reducing IMR over the past decade is partly due to lower birth rates among immigrants, who tend to have healthier babies than native-born mothers. However, this does not explain longer-term trends, which reveal a relative decline in the well-being of women of reproductive age. We speculate that longer-term declines are partially due to a deemphasis on government health and antipoverty programs. This deemphasis results not only in weaker socioeconomic support but also in rising medical costs, which are consuming an increasingly larger share of Americans' declining disposable income. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      0361-6878
    • Accession Number:
      10.1215/03616878-6951223
    • Accession Number:
      131834056
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      MUENNIG, P. et al. Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively High? Some Possible Answers. Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, [s. l.], v. 43, n. 5, p. 877–895, 2018. DOI 10.1215/03616878-6951223. Disponível em: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=heh&AN=131834056&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912. Acesso em: 6 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Muennig P, Reynolds MM, Boshen Jiao, Pabayo R. Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively High? Some Possible Answers. Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law. 2018;43(5):877-895. doi:10.1215/03616878-6951223.
    • APA:
      Muennig, P., Reynolds, M. M., Boshen Jiao, & Pabayo, R. (2018). Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively High? Some Possible Answers. Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, 43(5), 877–895. https://doi.org/10.1215/03616878-6951223
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Muennig, Peter, Megan M. Reynolds, Boshen Jiao, and Roman Pabayo. 2018. “Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively High? Some Possible Answers.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law 43 (5): 877–95. doi:10.1215/03616878-6951223.
    • Harvard:
      Muennig, P. et al. (2018) ‘Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively High? Some Possible Answers’, Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, 43(5), pp. 877–895. doi: 10.1215/03616878-6951223.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Muennig, P, Reynolds, MM, Boshen Jiao & Pabayo, R 2018, ‘Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively High? Some Possible Answers’, Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 877–895, viewed 6 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Muennig, Peter, et al. “Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively High? Some Possible Answers.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, vol. 43, no. 5, Oct. 2018, pp. 877–895. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1215/03616878-6951223.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Muennig, Peter, Megan M. Reynolds, Boshen Jiao, and Roman Pabayo. “Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively High? Some Possible Answers.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law 43, no. 5 (October 2018): 877–95. doi:10.1215/03616878-6951223.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Muennig P, Reynolds MM, Boshen Jiao, Pabayo R. Why Is Infant Mortality in the United States So Comparatively High? Some Possible Answers. Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law [Internet]. 2018 Oct [cited 2019 Dec 6];43(5):877–95. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=heh&AN=131834056&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912