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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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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.

Item Type: Article
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 > Economics, Department of
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2012 08:15
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2013 09:01

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