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The impact of prenatal care on birthweight: the case of Uruguay

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  • R. Todd Jewell

    (Department of Economics, University of North Texas, USA)

  • Patricia Triunfo

    (Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay)

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This study analyzes prenatal care and birthweight in Uruguay. These data are unique since they represent a population of urban, poor women who gave birth in a health care system that provides both prenatal and obstetric care free of charge. This study finds a positive effect of increased prenatal care use on birthweight and evidence of bias in OLS estimates, similar to studies that use US data. The results highlight the usefulness of existing methodologies for estimating the effect of prenatal care on birthweight and the importance of extending these methodologies to data from countries other than the US. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 15 (2006)
Issue (Month): 11 ()
Pages: 1245-1250

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Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:15:y:2006:i:11:p:1245-1250

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  1. Bejenariu, Simona & Mitrut, Andreea, 2012. "Austerity Measures and Infant Health. Lessons from an Unexpected Wage Cut Policy," Working Paper Series, Uppsala University, Department of Economics 2012:4, Uppsala University, Department of Economics, revised 10 Oct 2013.
  2. Ana Inés Balsa & Patricia Triunfo, 2012. "¿Son los cuidados prenatales efectivos? Un enfoque con datos individuales de panel," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers), Department of Economics - dECON 0612, Department of Economics - dECON.
  3. Habibov, Nazim N. & Fan, Lida, 2011. "Does prenatal healthcare improve child birthweight outcomes in Azerbaijan? Results of the national Demographic and Health Survey," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 9(1), pages 56-65, January.
  4. Alejandro Arrieta & Ariadna García Prado & Jorge Guillén, 2009. "The Private Health Care Sector and the Provision of Prenatal Care Services in Latin America," IDB Publications 9335, Inter-American Development Bank.
  5. Ana I. Balsa & Patricia Triunfo, 2012. "The Effectiveness of Prenatal Care in a Low Income Population: A Panel Data Approach," Documentos de Trabajo/Working Papers, Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Economia. Universidad de Montevideo. 1204, Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Economia. Universidad de Montevideo..
  6. Mansour, Hani & Rees, Daniel I., 2012. "Armed conflict and birth weight: Evidence from the al-Aqsa Intifada," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 190-199.
  7. George L. Wehby & Jeffrey C. Murray & Eduardo E. Castilla & Jorge S. Lopez-Camelo & Robert L. Ohsfeldt, 2009. "Quantile effects of prenatal care utilization on birth weight in Argentina," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(11), pages 1307-1321.
  8. Bejenariu, Simona & Mitrut, Andreea, 2014. "Bridging the Gap for Roma Women: The Effects of a Health Mediation Program on Roma Prenatal Care and Child Health," Working Papers in Economics, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics 590, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  9. Jewell R. Todd & Patricia Triunfo & Rafael Aguirre, 2007. "El peso al nacer de los niños de la principal maternidad de Uruguay: 1995 a 2004," REVISTA DESARROLLO Y SOCIEDAD, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.

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