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Birth Weight, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, and Infant Mortality: Evidence from Macrosomic Babies


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Title: Birth Weight, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, and Infant Mortality: Evidence from Macrosomic Babies
Authors: Brilli, Ylenia
Restrepo, Brandon J.
Issue Date: Sep-2017
Extent: 29
Publication type: report
Organization: Dept. of Economics, University of Gothenburg
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in Economics
705
Keywords: medical intervention
birth weight
mortality
Abstract: Using a regression discontinuity design, this study estimates the effect of extra medical care on the short-run health of babies born at the high end of the birth weight distribution. Consistent with the notion that neonatal treatment decisions are guided by a rule of thumb when assigning medical care to macrosomic newborns, we find evidence of a large discontinuous jump in the likelihood of being admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as the 5000-gram cutoff is crossed from below. Th... more
ISSN: 1403-2465
Description: JEL: I12, I14
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/53567
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