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Document Type

Article

Abstract

While the global maternal mortality ratio has decreased, the U.S. maternal mortality ratio has increased over recent decades. The U.S. has the worst maternal mortality ratio among developed countries. This paper examines potential explanations for the increase in the U.S. maternal mortality ratio, including problems in how the data are reported, medical intervention, and poverty. Potential remedies for issues are discussed. I conclude that even though all three factors have likely contributed to the rise in the maternal mortality ratio, the total effect of the factors is not clearly known and most likely does not fully explain the rise in the maternal mortality ratio.

Publication Date

Spring 2019

Journal Title

Major Themes in Economics

Volume

21

Issue

1

First Page

29

Last Page

50

Copyright

©2019 by Major Themes in Economics

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Economics Commons

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