Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-51552
Brunner, Beatrice; Kuhn, Andreas (2011). Financial Incentives, the Timing of Births, Birth Complications, and Newborns' Health: Evidence from the Abolition of Austria's Baby Bonus. Working paper series / Department of Economics No. 48, University of Zurich.
We analyze the fertility and health effects resulting from the abolition of the Austrian baby bonus in January 1997. The abolition of the benefit was publicly announced about ten months in advance, creating the opportunity for prospective parents to (re-)schedule conceptions accordingly. We find robust evidence that, within the month before the abolition, about 8% more children were born as a result of (re-)scheduling conceptions. At the same time, there is no evidence that mothers deliberately manipulated the date of birth through medical intervention. We also find a substantial and significant increase in the fraction of birth complications, but no evidence for any resulting adverse effects on newborns' health.
|Item Type:||Working Paper|
|Communities & Collections:||03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
|JEL Classification:||H31, J13|
|Deposited On:||25 Nov 2011 10:13|
|Last Modified:||16 Oct 2012 12:06|
|Series Name:||Working paper series / Department of Economics|
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