Prenatal Drug Use and the Production of Infant Health

40 Pages Posted: 25 May 2006 Last revised: 7 Oct 2021

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Kelly Noonan

Rider University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Nancy E. Reichman

Rutgers University, New Brunswick - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Hope Corman

Rider University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Dhaval Dave

Bentley University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) - NY Office

Date Written: June 2005

Abstract

We estimate the effect of illicit drug use during pregnancy on low birth weight. We use data from a national longitudinal study of urban parents that includes post-partum interviews with mothers, hospital medical record data on the mother and newborn, extensive demographic information on both parents, and information about the city where the mother resides. We address the potential endogeneity of prenatal drug use and present estimates using alternative measures of prenatal illicit drug use. Depending on how drug use is measured, we find deleterious effects of illicit drug use on low birth weight that range from 3 to 5 percentage points.

Suggested Citation

Noonan, Kelly and Reichman, Nancy E. and Corman, Hope and Dave, Dhaval and Dave, Dhaval, Prenatal Drug Use and the Production of Infant Health (June 2005). NBER Working Paper No. w11433, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=752011

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