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Infant Health and Longevity: Evidence from a Historical Trial in Sweden

Bhalotra, SR and Karlsson, M and Nilsson, T (2017) 'Infant Health and Longevity: Evidence from a Historical Trial in Sweden.' Journal of the European Economic Association, 15 (5). 1101 - 1157. ISSN 1542-4766

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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).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: I15, I18, H41, life expectancy, infant health, program evaluation, early life interventions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Sonia Bhalotra
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 14:46
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2018 12:15

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