AIAS Lunch Seminar 26 Nov. - Jeroen Smits (Radboud)

Database Developing World: Unprecedented opportunities for comparative multilevel research on developing countries

Jeroen Smits, Radboud University Nijmegen

Paper Height and Child Mortality
Working Paper NiCE 09-105

Abstract

In the last decades, many large-scale representative household surveys have been conducted in developing countries. In these surveys, for millions of individuals, demographic, socio-economic, health and other information has been gathered. At this moment, the datasets from these surveys cover over 100 countries in all regions of the developing.

In the Database Developing World (DDW) these datasets are brought together, harmonized for a basic set of variables, and enriched with contextual data at the sub-national and national level. In this way, a unique window to the developing world is created that makes it possible to study important processes taking place there on a scale and with a degree of detail that has never been possible before.

The DDW is currently used for comparative research on reproductive health, child mortality, education, child labor, women’s employment and economic development in developing countries. In all this research the role of the context is central. With context factors available for over 100 countries and over 1000 sub-national regions within these countries, the DDW offers exciting new possibilities for studying how the behavior of individuals and households in the developing world is shaped by the context in which they live.

In my presentation I will discuss the content of the database, the way it is structured, the research opportunities offered by it and I will demonstrate its possibilities by presenting findings of our recent work on child mortality and school dropout.

Day: Thursday 26 November
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 3rd floor building M, Plantage Muidergracht 12
Register: Please send us an e-mail before 25 November, 12.00 hrs.
A sandwich will then be provided.

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