Working Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Bergen
EARLY LIFE HEALTH INTERVENTIONS AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
(), Katrine V. Løken
() and Christopher Neilson
Abstract: 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.
Keywords: Very low birth weight; academic achievement; regression discontinuity; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I11; I38; J13; (follow links to similar papers)
71 pages, July 24, 2012
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