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Infant deaths: Notes toward a behavioral model


  • Leon Taylor


A woman may choose to become more educated, partly because she wishes to emulate those around her. A behavioral model suggests that she is less likely to lose her baby than the less educated by flouting basic rules of health. Estimates of a three-equation model suggest that low-weight births are most likely where youths (as well as the adults around them) are most likely to have dropped out of high school. The impact of the dropout rate on low-weight births varies from state to state, however. Preliminary estimates suggest a high marginal cost of health information. [JEL I12, I29]

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  • Leon Taylor, 2000. "Infant deaths: Notes toward a behavioral model," HEW 0004004, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwphe:0004004
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    infant mortality education dropouts low-weight birth;

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I29 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Other

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