Minding the Shop: The Case of Obstetrics Conferences

Australian National University Centre for Economic Policy Research Discussion Paper No. 551

22 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2006

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Joshua S. Gans

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management; NBER

Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House; Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU; IZA

Elena Varganova

Australian National University

Date Written: May 2007

Abstract

We estimate the impact of annual obstetricians and gynecologists' conferences on births in Australia and the United States. In both countries, the number of births drops by 1 to 4 percent during the days on which these conferences are held. We argue that for this reason professional obstetrics societies should reconsider the timing of their annual conferences to accommodate the lowest natural birth rate in the year.

Keywords: timing of births, medical care, obstetrics, conference scheduling

JEL Classification: I12, J13, J44

Suggested Citation

Gans, Joshua S. and Leigh, Andrew and Varganova, Elena, Minding the Shop: The Case of Obstetrics Conferences (May 2007). Australian National University Centre for Economic Policy Research Discussion Paper No. 551, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=948890 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.948890

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Andrew Leigh

Australian House of Representatives Parliament House ( email )

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ANU College of Business and Economics
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Elena Varganova

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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