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Announcement effects of health policy reformsb : evidence from the abolition of Austria’s baby bonus


Brunner, Beatrice; Kuhn, Andreas (2014). Announcement effects of health policy reformsb : evidence from the abolition of Austria’s baby bonus. European Journal of Health Economics, 15(4):373-388.

Abstract

We analyze the short-run fertility and health effects resulting from the early announcement of the abolition of the Austrian baby bonus in January 1997. The abolition of the benefit was publicly announced about 10months 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.

Abstract

We analyze the short-run fertility and health effects resulting from the early announcement of the abolition of the Austrian baby bonus in January 1997. The abolition of the benefit was publicly announced about 10months 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.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health Policy, Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
Language:English
Date:1 May 2014
Deposited On:23 Jul 2019 09:31
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:38
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1618-7598
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10198-013-0481-4
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencespringer101007s1019801304814 (Library Catalogue)

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