Missing a Nurse Visit

CEBI Working Paper 09/20

70 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2020 Last revised: 12 Jul 2021

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Miriam Wüst

University of Copenhagen; VIVE - The Danish Center for Social Science Research

Jonas Lau-Jensen Hirani

VIVE - The Danish Center for Social Science Research

Hans Henrik Sievertsen

University of Bristol

Date Written: March 23, 2020

Abstract

This paper studies the impact of the timing of early-life investment policies on child and maternal health. We exploit variation induced by a 2008 Danish nurse strike that resulted in a large-scale cancellation of home visits for families with infants. Combining unique nurse records with administrative data, we show that missing the first but not later visits increases child and mother contacts to health professionals and the probability of maternal mental health issues. We show that likely mechanisms for these results include nurses’ focus on timely maternal mental health screening and information provision to new families.

Keywords: early-life health, early interventions, nurse home visiting, parental investments

JEL Classification: I11, I12, I14, I18, I21

Suggested Citation

Wüst, Miriam and Hirani, Jonas Lau-Jensen and Sievertsen, Hans Henrik, Missing a Nurse Visit (March 23, 2020). CEBI Working Paper 09/20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3559447 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3559447

Miriam Wüst (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Nørregade 10
Copenhagen, København DK-1165
Denmark

VIVE - The Danish Center for Social Science Research ( email )

Herluf Trolles Gade 11
Copenhagen, 1052
Denmark

Jonas Lau-Jensen Hirani

VIVE - The Danish Center for Social Science Research ( email )

Herluf Trolles Gade 11
Copenhagen, 1052
Denmark

Hans Henrik Sievertsen

University of Bristol ( email )

University of Bristol,
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, Avon BS8 ITH
United Kingdom

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