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Infant Health Care and Long-Term Outcomes


  • Aline Bütikofer

    (Norwegian School of Economics)

  • Katrine V. Løken

    (Norwegian School of Economics and University of Bergen)

  • Kjell G. Salvanes

    (Norwegian School of Economics)


This paper studies the long-term and life cycle consequences of increasing access to mother and child health care centers in the first year of life. Access to these centers increased completed years of schooling by 0.15 years and earnings by 2%. These effects were stronger for children from a low socioeconomic background and contribute to a 10% reduction in the intergenerational persistence in educational attainment. Better nutrition within the first year of life is a likely mechanism. In particular, we find positive effects on adult height, fewer health risks at age 40, and decreased infant mortality from diarrhea.

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  • Aline Bütikofer & Katrine V. Løken & Kjell G. Salvanes, 2019. "Infant Health Care and Long-Term Outcomes," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 101(2), pages 341-354, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:101:y:2019:i:2:p:341-354

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