Minding the shop: The case of obstetrics conferences
AbstractWe estimate the impact of annual obstetricians and gynecologists' conferences on births in Australia and the United States. In both countries, the number of births drops by 2-4 percent during the days on which these conferences are held. Since it is unlikely that parents take these conferences into account when conceiving their child, this suggests that medical professions are timing births to suit their conference schedule. We argue that for this reason professional obstetrics societies should reconsider the timing of their annual conferences to accommodate the lowest natural birth rate in the year.
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Volume (Year): 65 (2007)
Issue (Month): 7 (October)
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- Joshua S. Gans & Andrew Leigh & Elena Varganova, 2007. "Minding the Shop: The Case of Obstetrics Conferences," CEPR Discussion Papers 551, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
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- J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
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