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Medium-term consequences of low birth weight on health and behavioral deficits – is there a catch-up effect?

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  • Datta Gupta, Nabanita

    () (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Deding, Mette

    () (The Danish National Centre for Social Research)

  • Lausten, Mette

    () (The Danish National Centre for Social Research)

Abstract

A number of studies have documented negative long term effects of low birth weight. Yet, not much is known about the dynamics of the process leading to adverse health and educational outcomes in the long-run. While some studies find effects of the same size at both school age and young adulthood, others find a diminishing negative effect over time due to a catching-up process. The purpose of this paper is to try to resolve this puzzle by analyzing the medium term consequences of low birth weight measured as various child outcomes at ages 6 months, 3, 7 and 11, using data from the Danish Longitudinal Survey of Children. Observing the same children at different points in time allows us to chart the evolution of health and behavioral deficits among children born with low birth weight and helps inform the nature and timing of interventions

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  • Datta Gupta, Nabanita & Deding, Mette & Lausten, Mette, 2010. "Medium-term consequences of low birth weight on health and behavioral deficits – is there a catch-up effect?," Working Papers 10-3, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2010_003
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    1. Cristina Borra & Libertad González Luna & Almudena Sevilla-Sanz, 2013. "The impact of eliminating a child benefit on birth timing and infant health," Economics Working Papers 1382, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
    2. Cristina Borra & Libertad González & Almudena Sevilla-Sanz, 2015. "The Impact of Scheduling Birth Early on Infant Health," Working Papers 707, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

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    Keywords

    low birth weight; medium term effects; health and behavioral outcomes; longitudinal child-mother survey;

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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