Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Our Seminars & Workshops



Show all calendar items

CWIP Workshop - James Fenske

Location: via Microsoft Teams

Tradition and Mortality: Evidence from Twin Infanticide in Africa

Abstract: Mortality of twins relative to singletons is no greater today among African ethnicities that once practiced twin infanticide. We introduce data on historic twin infanticide and merge it with birth records from 23 African countries. We use the full sample, a border sample of adjacent societies with and without past twin infanticide, and a sample of twins. All three samples provide no evidence that past twin infanticide predicts greater differential twin mortality today. Twin infanticide and negative attitudes towards twins were suppressed by Africans, missionaries, and colonial governments. Where these channels were weak, we find evidence of greater twin mortality today.

Show all calendar items