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Prenatal Economic Shocks and Birth Outcomes in UK Cohort Data
Clark, Andrew; d'ambrosio, Conchita; Rohde, Nicholas
2021In Economics and Human Biology, 41, p. 100964
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Keywords :
ALSPAC; Birth weight; Economic shocks; Infant health
Abstract :
[en] We consider the effects of major prenatal economic shocks experienced by mothers on two indicators of newborn-infant health, birth weight and head circumference, using detailed microdata from the UK ALSPAC survey. Controlling for physiological and socioeconomic factors, an economic shock in the first 18 weeks of gestation lowers birth weight by 40-70 grams and head circumference by 2-3mm. We find evidence of transmission via poorer maternal health due to absolute material deprivation and tobacco and alcohol consumption, but not for the endocrinological effects of increased psychosocial anxiety. The fragile-male hypothesis holds for birth weight but not for head circumference, as predicted by recent theories on gender differences in prenatal development.
Disciplines :
Special economic topics (health, labor, transportation...)
Author, co-author :
Clark, Andrew;  Paris School of Economics and CNSR
d'ambrosio, Conchita ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS)
Rohde, Nicholas;  Griffith University
External co-authors :
yes
Language :
English
Title :
Prenatal Economic Shocks and Birth Outcomes in UK Cohort Data
Publication date :
2021
Journal title :
Economics and Human Biology
ISSN :
1873-6130
Publisher :
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Volume :
41
Pages :
100964
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
FnR Project :
FNR12677653 - Financial Strain And Economic Instability: Effects On Wellbeing And Behaviour Over The Life Course, 2018 (01/09/2019-31/08/2022) - Conchita D'ambrosio
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