Is the Impact of Health Shocks Cushioned by Socioeconomic Status? the Case of Low Birthweight

38 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 1999 Last revised: 12 Oct 2010

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Janet Currie

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Princeton University

Rosemary Hyson

U.S. Census Bureau - Center for Economic Studies

Date Written: March 1999

Abstract

This paper examines the long-term effects of low birthweight (LBW) on educational attainments, labor market outcomes, and health status using data from the National Child Development Study. The study has followed the cohort of children born in Great Britain during one week in 1958 through age 33. We pay particular attentionto possible interactions between LBS and socio-economic status (SES), asking to what extent the deleterious effects of LBW are mitigated by higher SES. We find that LBW has significant long-term effects on self-reported health status, educational attainments, and labor market outcomes. However, there is little evidence of variation in the effects of LBW by SES. An important exception is that high SES women of LBW are less likely to report that they are in poor or fair health than other LBW women.

Suggested Citation

Currie, Janet and Hyson, Rosemary, Is the Impact of Health Shocks Cushioned by Socioeconomic Status? the Case of Low Birthweight (March 1999). NBER Working Paper No. w6999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=154709

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Rosemary Hyson

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