The global distribution of infant mortality: a subnational spatial view
Article first published online: 25 MAR 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Population, Space and Place
Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 209–229, May/June 2008
How to Cite
Storeygard, A., Balk, D., Levy, M. and Deane, G. (2008), The global distribution of infant mortality: a subnational spatial view. Popul. Space Place, 14: 209–229. doi: 10.1002/psp.484
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 25 MAR 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 JAN 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 18 DEC 2007
- Manuscript Received: 19 APR 2007
- infant mortality;
- population and environment;
- spatial demography;
We describe the compilation of a spatially explicit data-set detailing infant mortality rates in over 10,000 national and subnational units worldwide, benchmarked to the year 2000. Although their resolution is highly variable, subnational data are available for countries representing over 90% of the non-OECD population. Concentration of global infant deaths is higher than implied by national data alone. Assigning both national and subnational data to map grid cells so that they may be easily integrated with other geographical data, we generate infant mortality rates for environmental regions, including biomes and coastal zones, by continent. Rates for these regions also show striking refinements from the use of the higher resolution data. Possibilities and limitations for related work are discussed. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.