Prenatal Stress and Low Birth Weight: Evidence from the Super Bowl

50 Pages Posted: 18 May 2015

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Brian Duncan

University of Colorado at Denver

Hani Mansour

University of Colorado at Denver - Department of Economics

Daniel I. Rees

University of Colorado Denver; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

Studies have estimated the relationship between psychological stress and birth weight by exploiting natural disasters and terrorist attacks, both of which could affect fetal health through other channels. Using data from the National Vital Statistics System for the period 1969-2004, we estimate the effect of prenatal exposure to the Super Bowl on low birth weight. Although major sporting events elicit intense emotions, they do not threaten viewers with direct physical harm or limit access to prenatal care. We find that Super Bowl exposure is associated with a small, but precisely estimated, increase in the probability of low birth weight.

Keywords: low birth weight, Super Bowl, prenatal stress, tobacco use

JEL Classification: I12, J13

Suggested Citation

Duncan, Brian and Mansour, Hani and Rees, Daniel I., Prenatal Stress and Low Birth Weight: Evidence from the Super Bowl. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9053, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2606906

Brian Duncan (Contact Author)

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Hani Mansour

University of Colorado at Denver - Department of Economics ( email )

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Daniel I. Rees

University of Colorado Denver ( email )

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P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80218
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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