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Evidence of adult age mortality by educational attainment in India

Dilek Yildiz, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital
Moradhvaj Dhakad, Austrian Academy of Science
Samir KC, IIASA

Educational attainment can affect adult mortality both directly and indirectly through various pathways. Hence, evidence of adult mortality by educational attainment is important for the better understanding of contemporary and future mortality transition. However, in developing countries, where the education expansion is taking place rapidly there is very little evidence on adult mortality and the information on adult mortality by educational attainment is even more scarce. Using data from two rounds of the India Human Development Surveys (IHDS) conducted in 2004–2005 and 2011–2012, we estimated the age-specific probability of death between two surveys by educational attainment. Chiang method is used to estimate the probability of death. The results clearly show gender and educational differences in probability of death. Less educated people have higher risk of death with more visible education differentials at higher age groups.

Keywords: Mortality, Demographic and social surveys

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  Presented in Session P15.