Maternal Dengue and Health Outcomes of Children
Conditionally accepted in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
61 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2023
Date Written: June 1, 2023
We study the effect of maternal dengue infections on birth outcomes using linked administrative records from Brazil estimating maternal fixed-effect specifications. In contrast to previous studies, we find robust evidence for the negative effect of dengue infections on birth weight (BW). The effect is particularly pronounced at lower parts of the BW distribution, with an increase of 15%, 67%, and 133% for low, very low, and extremely low BW, respectively. We also document large increases in children's hospitalizations and medical expenditures for up to three years after birth.
JEL Classification: I15, I18, J13
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