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The benefits of intervention: birth weights in Basle 1912-1920


Floris, Joël; Staub, Kaspar; Woitek, Ulrich (2016). The benefits of intervention: birth weights in Basle 1912-1920. Working paper series / Department of Economics 236, University of Zurich.

Abstract

To assess the impact of interventions on well-being during war time, we analyze data from the birth records at the university maternity hospital of Basle in the period 1912-1920. Birth weight of children from medium SEP families decreased during the crisis years 1918 and 1919, but not for low and high SEP families. A potential explanation is access to food: while high SEP families could compensate for high prices, low SEP families received support, for which medium SEP families were not eligible.

Abstract

To assess the impact of interventions on well-being during war time, we analyze data from the birth records at the university maternity hospital of Basle in the period 1912-1920. Birth weight of children from medium SEP families decreased during the crisis years 1918 and 1919, but not for low and high SEP families. A potential explanation is access to food: while high SEP families could compensate for high prices, low SEP families received support, for which medium SEP families were not eligible.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:N14, N34, H75, I18
Uncontrolled Keywords:Birth weight, World War 1, Switzerland
Language:English
Date:October 2016
Deposited On:25 Oct 2016 13:26
Last Modified:29 Aug 2017 10:38
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:36
ISSN:1664-7041
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp236.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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