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Sonia Bhalotra, Martin Karlsson and Therese Nilsson
Life Expectancy and Mother-Baby Interventions: Evidence from a Historical Trial
Abstract: This paper investigates the potential of an infant
intervention to improve life expectancy, contributing to emerging interest
in the early life origins of chronic disease. We analyse a pioneering
program trialled in Sweden in the 1930s, which provided information,
support and monitoring of infant care. Using birth certificate data from
parish records matched to death registers, we estimate that the average
duration of program exposure in infancy led to a 1.54% point decline in the
risk of infant death (23% of baseline risk) and a 2.37% decline in the risk
of dying by age 75 (6.5% of baseline risk).
Keywords: Maternal care; Infant care; Early life interventions; Barker Hypothesis; Program; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H41; I15; I18; (follow links to similar papers)
49 pages, May 27, 2016
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