The impact of individual characteristics on the length of life in India – Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition, Logit model

Abstract This study estimates the impact of social status, education and average life standards on the length of life by analyzing India’s mortality statistics in 2009 for two states, Uttarakhand and Bihar. Using several estimation methods such as MCO, GLM and Logit regressions, furthermore the Oaxaca-Blinder decomposi- tion, we find that education, electricity and the access to toilet significantly raises the length of life. We also find that members of the scheduled tribes live shorter, and this difference cannot be explained by differences between the average value of the two groups’ characteristics.