Maternal Dengue and Health Outcomes of Children

Forthcoming in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

61 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2023 Last revised: 19 Dec 2023

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Date Written: June 1, 2023

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Foureaux Koppensteiner, Martin and Menezes, Livia, Maternal Dengue and Health Outcomes of Children (June 1, 2023). Forthcoming in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4466341

Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner (Contact Author)

University of Surrey ( email )

Guildford
Guildford, GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

Livia Menezes

University of Birmingham ( email )

Edgbaston, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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