Early Life Health Interventions and Academic Achievement
This paper studies the effect of improved neonatal health care on mortality and long run academic achievement in school. We use the idea that medical treatments often follow rules of thumb for assigning care to patients, such as the classification of Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW), which assigns infants special care at a specific birth weight cutoff. Using detailed administrative data on schooling and birth records from Chile and Norway, we establish that children who receive extra medical care at birth have lower mortality rates and higher test scores and grades in school. These gains are in the order of 0.15-0.22 standard deviations.
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|Publication status:||published in: American Economic Review, 2013, 103 (5), 1862-91|
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- Douglas Almond & Joseph J. Doyle, Jr. & Amanda E. Kowalski & Heidi Williams, 2010.
"Estimating Marginal Returns to Medical Care: Evidence from At-Risk Newborns,"
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JOURNAL OF LACEA ECONOMIA,
LACEA - LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION.
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- Gregory Veramendi & Sergio Urzua, 2011.
"The Impact of Out-of-Home Childcare Centers on Early Childhood Development,"
Research Department Publications
4723, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
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