Seminario de Investigación "The Long-Term and Intergenerational Effects of Health Intervention at Birth"

El seminario destinado a docentes, investigadores, becarios y estudiantes interesados en la temática, se realizó el viernes 3 de septiembre a las 12:30 horas por videoconferencia, con presentación a cargo de Damian Clarke (Universidad de Chile).

Damian Clarke es Profesor Asociado e investigador de la Universidad de Chile. Tiene un PhD en Economía por la Universidad de Oxford y un máster en Economía por la misma universidad. Se especializa en temas de microeconometría aplicada y economía computacional. Sus artículos han sido publicados en revistas académicas como Journal of the European Economic Association, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Economic Journal, Demography, Journal of Health Economics, entre otras.

Abstract: Targeted treatments of newborns with delicate health stocks have been shown to have considerable returns in terms of survival and later life outcomes. We seek to determine to what degree such treatments are reflected in later life health outcomes of treated individuals, and to what degree these are passed on to early life health outcomes of the subsequent generation.  We follow three generations of linked microdata from Chile, and use a regression discontinuity design to study the impacts of targeted neonatal health policies based on birth weight assignment rules.  While we observe significant first generation impacts of intensive treatment targeted to very low birth weight newborns, we find little evidence pointing to intergenerational spillovers (limited to a 26 year time horizon).  We consider negative selection into fertility, possible parental (compensatory) investments, later-life health concerns of first-generation individuals, or for non-random miscarriage in second generation births as possible mediating factors.  In work in progress we are additionally seeking to test for other interactions with state policies to understand the lack of intergenerational pass-through of intensive early life health investments.

Autores: Damian Clarke (Universidad de Chile), Nicolás Lillo Bustos (Universidad de Chile), Kathya Tapia Schythe (University of California-Davis)

Organizan: Departamento de Economía, Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Revista Económica

Contacto: iie@econo.unlp.edu.ar

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