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The effect of breastfeeding on children's cognitive and noncognitive development

Borra, Cristina and Iacovou, Maria and Sevilla, Almudena (2012) 'The effect of breastfeeding on children's cognitive and noncognitive development.' Labour Economics, 19 (4). pp. 496-515. ISSN 0927-5371

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Abstract

This paper uses propensity score matching methods to investigate the relationship between breastfeeding and children's cognitive and noncognitive development. We find that breastfeeding for four weeks is positively and statistically significantly associated with higher cognitive test scores, by around one tenth of a standard deviation. The association between breastfeeding and noncognitive development is weaker, and is restricted to children of less educated mothers. We conclude that interventions which increase breastfeeding rates would improve not only children's health, but also their cognitive skills, and possibly also their noncognitive development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Breastfeeding; Cognitive and noncognitive outcomes; Child development; ALSPAC
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 15:30
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2013 15:30
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7141

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