From the cradle to the labor market? The effect of birth weight on adult outcomes

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dc.contributor.authorDevereux, Paul J.-
dc.contributor.authorBlack, Sandra E.-
dc.contributor.authorSalvanes, Kjell G.-
dc.date.accessioned2008-07-10T08:43:42Z-
dc.date.available2008-07-10T08:43:42Z-
dc.date.copyright2007 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technologyen
dc.date.issued2007-02-
dc.identifier.citationQuarterly Journal of Economicsen
dc.identifier.issn0033-5533-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/316-
dc.description.abstractLower birth weight babies have worse outcomes, both short-run in terms of one-year mortality rates and longer run in terms of educational attainment and earnings. However, recent research has called into question whether birth weight itself is important or whether it simply reflects other hard-to-measure characteristics. By applying within twin techniques using an unusually rich dataset from Norway, we examine the effects of birth weight on both short-run and long-run outcomes for the same cohorts. We find that birth weight does matter; despite short-run twin fixed effects estimates that are much smaller than OLS estimates, the effects on longer-run outcomes such as adult height, IQ, earnings, and education are significant and similar in magnitude to OLS estimates.en
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dc.publisherMIT Press Journals, Massachusets Instituteen
dc.relation.hasversionDevereux, Paul J. et al (June 2007)'From the cradle to the labor market? The effect of birth weight on adult outcomes'. UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series WP/18/2007.-
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dc.subject.lcshBirth weighten
dc.subject.lcshSuccessen
dc.subject.lcshDevelopmental biologyen
dc.titleFrom the cradle to the labor market? The effect of birth weight on adult outcomesen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.internal.authorurlPaul J. Devereux (web page)en
dc.internal.authorurlhttp://www.ucd.ie/economics/staff/devereux/paul.devereux.htmen
dc.internal.authorcontactotherEmail: devereux@ucd.ie; Tel: 353 1 716 8279en
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dc.internal.availabilityFull text availableen
dc.internal.webversionshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1162/qjec.122.1.409-
dc.statusPeer revieweden
dc.identifier.volume122en
dc.identifier.issue1en
dc.identifier.startpage409en
dc.identifier.endpage439en
dc.identifier.doi10.1162/qjec.122.1.409-
dc.neeo.contributorDevereux|Paul J.|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorBlack|Sandra E.|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorSalvanes|Kjell G.|aut|-
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