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Life Expectancy and Mother-Baby Interventions: Evidence from a Historical Trial

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  • Bhalotra, Sonia

    (University of Essex)

  • Karlsson, Martin

    (University of Duisburg-Essen)

  • Nilsson, Therese

    () (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

Abstract

This paper investigates the potential of an infant intervention to improve life expectancy, contributing to emerging interest in the early life origins of chronic disease. We analyse a pioneering program trialled in Sweden in the 1930s, which provided information, support and monitoring of infant care. Using birth certificate data from parish records matched to death registers, we estimate that the average duration of program exposure in infancy led to a 1.54% point decline in the risk of infant death (23% of baseline risk) and a 2.37% decline in the risk of dying by age 75 (6.5% of baseline risk).

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  • Bhalotra, Sonia & Karlsson, Martin & Nilsson, Therese, 2016. "Life Expectancy and Mother-Baby Interventions: Evidence from a Historical Trial," Working Paper Series 1124, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
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    1. Clarke, Damian & Mühlrad, Hanna, 2016. "The Impact of Abortion Legalization on Fertility and Maternal Mortality: New Evidence from Mexico," Working Papers in Economics 661, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Maternal care; Infant care; Early life interventions; Barker Hypothesis; Program;

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    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • I15 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Economic Development
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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