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Unobservables, Pregnancy Resolutions, and Birthweight Production Functions in New York City

52 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2000 Last revised: 12 Jul 2010

Michael Grossman

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), NY Office; CUNY The Graduate Center - Department of Economics

Theodore Joyce

CUNY Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 1988

Abstract

This paper makes contributions to the estimation of health production functions and the economics of fertility control. We present the first infant health production functions that simultaneously control for self selection in the resolution of pregnancies as live births or induced abortions and in the use of prenatal medical care services. We also incorporate the decision of a pregnant woman to give birth or obtain an abortion into economic models of fertility control and use information conveyed by this decision to refine estimates of infant health production functions and demand functions for prenatal medical care.

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Grossman, Michael and Joyce, Theodore, Unobservables, Pregnancy Resolutions, and Birthweight Production Functions in New York City (October 1988). NBER Working Paper No. w2746. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=228023

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