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The 2017 Seventeenth Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) celebrates student scholarly achievement and creative activities. Students from all disciplines participate in the URS. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances. 

Presentations are accompanied by discussions and multimedia.


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Saturday, April 22 • 3:50pm - 4:10pm
Maternal Autonomy and Child Health Care Utilization: Evidence from Bangladesh

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Access to health care is an important determinant of both short and long-term health outcomes of children. Reducing child mortality is just one of the eight Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations. Alongside child mortality, promoting gender equality and empowering women ranks third on the list. The primary objective of my research is to examine the effect of maternal autonomy in household decision-making on child health care utilization in Bangladesh. The health economics literature often describes maternal autonomy through a woman’s participation and independence in household decision-making, control over household resources, and resistance against domestic violence, and identifies it as an important determinant of a child’s access to health care. The study uses the 2014 Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey data and constructs a maternal autonomy index using the survey responses of mothers on questions related to household decision making. In a multivariate logistic regression model, the paper examines the effect of maternal autonomy on four measures of child health care utilization: (1) if a child is fully immunized, and if a child has used health care services on the onsets of (2) diarrhea, (3) acute respiratory infections (ARI) and (4) fever. We believe that this paper makes an important contribution given that Bangladesh is still a patriarchal society where a father commands a greater role in the family’s decision-making, and the Millennium Development Goal of women empowerment and gender equality remains far from being achieved.


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:50pm - 4:10pm
John Q. Imholte Hall, Room #109 600 E 4th St., Morris MN 56267