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The Weight of the Crisis: Evidence from Newborns in Argentina

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  • Bozzoli Carlos G.

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    (Torcuato Di Tella University)

  • Quintana-Domeque Climent

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    (University of Alicante and Iza)

Abstract

We investigate how birth weight in Argentina responds to prenatal economic fluctuations during the period from January 2000 to December 2005, and document its procyclicality, in particular with respect to the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. We find evidence that the birth weight of children of low-educated mothers is sensitive to macroeconomic fluctuations during both the first and third trimester of pregnancy, while that of high-educated mothers only reacts to the first trimester of pregnancy. Our results are consistent with low-educated women facing credit constraints and suffering from both nutritional deprivation and maternal stress, while high-educated women are only affected by stress.

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Paper provided by Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation in its series Working Papers with number 2013125.

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Date of creation: Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:fbb:wpaper:2013125

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Keywords: Argentina; birth weight; trimester of pregnancy; economic crisis; macroeconomic shocks;

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  1. An unexpected consequence of crises: birth weight loss
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-11-04 15:37:00
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  1. Guillermo Cruces & Pablo Glüzman & Luis Felipe López Calva, 2011. "Economic Crises, Maternal and Infant Mortality, Low Birth Weight and Enrollment Rates: Evidence from Argentina’s Downturns," CEDLAS, Working Papers 0121, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
  2. Verónica Amarante & Marco Manacorda & Edward Miguel & Andrea Vigorito, 2011. "Do Cash Transfers Improve Birth Outcomes? Evidence from Matched Vital Statistics, Social Security and Program Data," NBER Working Papers 17690, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Bejenariu, Simona & Mitrut, Andreea, 2013. "Austerity Measures and Infant Health. Lessons from an Unexpected Wage Cut Policy," Working Papers in Economics 574, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  4. Kelkar, Vijay & Shah, Ajay, 2011. "Indian social democracy: The resource perspective," Working Papers 11/82, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.

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