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A Comment on "Family Ruptures, Stress, and the Mental Health of the Next Generation"


  • Bearbaki, Nicolas


Persson and Rossin-Slater (2016b) claim to provide the first causal estimates of the effects of fetal stress exposure on mental health later in life. They emphasize that their analysis is the first to address non-random exposure to a relative’s death and the endogeneity of gestation length to fetal stress. In light of discoveries regarding prior literature, we find these claims to be exaggerated and misleading.

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  • Bearbaki, Nicolas, 2016. "A Comment on "Family Ruptures, Stress, and the Mental Health of the Next Generation"," MPRA Paper 71699, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:71699

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    1. repec:aea:aecrev:v:108:y:2018:i:4-5:p:1214-52 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Petra Persson & Maya Rossin-Slater, 2018. "Family Ruptures, Stress, and the Mental Health of the Next Generation," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 108(4-5), pages 1214-1252, April.
    3. Matsumoto, Brett, 2016. "Comment on the Identification Strategy in "Family Ruptures, Stress, and the Mental Health of the Next Generation"," MPRA Paper 71795, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Sandra E. Black & Paul J. Devereux & Kjell G. Salvanes, 2016. "Does Grief Transfer across Generations? Bereavements during Pregnancy and Child Outcomes," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 8(1), pages 193-223, January.
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    family ruptures; fetal stress exposure;

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    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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