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An Econometric Model of Birth Inputs and Outputs


  • Kai Li

    (University of British Columbia)

  • Dale J. Poirier

    (University of California)


This study offers a simultaneous equations model of the birth process with seven endogenous variables: four birht inputs, and three birth outputs. Our analysis conditions on twenty-four exogenous variables. The data are taken the NLSY. Separate analyses are performed on five different groups: Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans.
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  • Kai Li & Dale J. Poirier, 2000. "An Econometric Model of Birth Inputs and Outputs," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 0352, Econometric Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:wc2000:0352

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    1. James Cramer, 1995. "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Birthweight: The Role of Income and Financial Assistance," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 32(2), pages 231-247, May.
    2. Dale J. Poirier, 1995. "Intermediate Statistics and Econometrics: A Comparative Approach," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262161494, July.
    3. Joseph Hotz, V. & Klerman, Jacob Alex & Willis, Robert J., 1993. "The economics of fertility in developed countries," Handbook of Population and Family Economics,in: M. R. Rosenzweig & Stark, O. (ed.), Handbook of Population and Family Economics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 7, pages 275-347 Elsevier.
    4. Kai, Li, 1998. "Bayesian inference in a simultaneous equation model with limited dependent variables," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 85(2), pages 387-400, August.
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    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior


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