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The Effect of Poverty on the Health of Newborn Children – Evidence from Germany

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  • Marcus Tamm

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This paper analyses the association between health outcomes of newborn children and mother’s poverty status during pregnancy.We use a new questionnaire accompanying the GSOEP which collects abundant information on health outcomes. The findings indicate that there is generally no effect from poverty to health, except on the probability of preterm birth. Furthermore,we find some indication of intergenerational transmission of health status.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung in its series RWI Discussion Papers with number 0033.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:rwi:dpaper:0033

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Keywords: Poverty; child birth; doctor visits;

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  1. Annalena Dunkelberg & C. Katharina Spieß, 2007. "The Impact of Child and Maternal Health Indicators on Female Labor Force Participation after Childbirth: Evidence for Germany," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 686, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  2. Annalena Dunkelberg & C. Katharina Spieß, 2007. "The Impact of Child and Maternal Health Indicators on Female Labor Force Participation after Childbirth: Evidence from Germany," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 7, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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