The relationship between low birthweight and socioeconomic status in Ireland

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Title: The relationship between low birthweight and socioeconomic status in Ireland
Authors: Madden, David (David Patrick)
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3773
Date: Apr-2012
Abstract: There is now fairly substantial evidence of a socioeconomic gradient in low birthweight for developed countries. The standard summary statistic for this gradient is the concentration index. Using data from the recently published Growing Up in Ireland survey, this paper calculates this index for low birthweight arising from preterm and intra-uterine-growth-retardation. It also carries out a decomposition of this index for the different sources of low birthweight and finds that income inequality appears to be less important for the case of preterm births, while fathers education and local environmental conditions appear to be more relevant for IUGR. The application of the standard Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition also indicates that the socioeconomic gradient for all sources of birthweight appear to arise owing to different characteristics of rich and poor, and not because the return to characteristics differ between rich and poor.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Keywords: Low birthweight;Concentration index;Decomposition
Subject LCSH: Birth weight, Low--Social aspects
Birth weight, Low--Economic aspects
Birth weight, Low--Statistics
Decomposition method
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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