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Intrafamily Resource Allocations: A Dynamic Structural Model of Birth Weight

Del Bono, Emilia and Ermisch, John and Francesconi, Marco (2012) 'Intrafamily Resource Allocations: A Dynamic Structural Model of Birth Weight.' Journal of Labor Economics, 30 (3). pp. 657-706. ISSN 0734-306X

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Abstract

Using large American and British survey data, this paper provides structural estimates of the production functions for birth weight and fetal growth. In addition to maternal smoking, we estimate the impact of when a mother stops work, which has not been considered in the literature. Mothers' work interruptions of up to 3 months before birth have a positive effect on birth outcomes, especially among British children. Parental behavior appears to respond to child idiosyncratic endowments in a way that suggests that parents have inequity aversion concerns. Evidence in favor of inequity aversion emerges also from the analysis of breast-feeding decisions. © 2012 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Source info: CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6970
Uncontrolled Keywords: C33; D13; I12; J13; instrumental variables; smoking; mother's work; sibling estimators; birth outcomes; child health production functions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2012 08:15
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:24
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3808

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