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As Low Birth Weight Babies Grow, Can 'Good' Parents Buffer this Adverse Factor? A Research Note

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  • Ming-Jen Lin
  • Jin-Tan Liu
  • Shin-Yi Chou

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This research note combines two national Taiwanese datasets to investigate the relationship between low birth weight (LBW) babies, their family background and their future academic outcomes. We find that LBW is negatively correlated with the probability of such children attending university at the age of 18; however, when both parents are college or senior high school graduates, such negative effects may be partially offset. We also show that discrimination against daughters does occur, but only in those cases where the daughters were LBW babies. Moreover, high parental education (HPE) can only buffer the LBW shock among moderately-LBW children (as compared to very-LBW children) and full term-LBW children (as compared to preterm-LBW children).

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 12857.

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Publication status: published as Lin, Ming-Jen, Jin-Tan Liu, and Shin-Yi Chou. "As Low Birth Weight Babies Grow, Can 'Good' Parents Buffer this Adverse Factor? A Research Note." Demography 44, 2 (May 2007): 335-343.
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  1. Hani Mansour & Daniel I. Rees, 2011. "The Effect of Prenatal Stress on Birth Weight: Evidence from the al-Aqsa Intifada," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1108, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  2. 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.

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