Bacci, Silvia and Bartolucci, Francesco and Pieroni, Luca (2012): A causal analysis of mother’s education on birth inequalities.

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Abstract
We propose a causal analysis of the mother’s educational level on the health status of the newborn, in terms of gestational weeks and weight. The analysis is based on a finite mixture structural equation model, the parameters of which have a causal interpretation. The model is applied to a dataset of almost ten thausand deliveries collected in an Italian region. The analysis confirms that standard regression overestimates the impact of education on the child health. With respect to the current economic literature, our findings indicate that only high education has positive consequences on child health, implying that policy efforts in education should have benefits for welfare.
Item Type:  MPRA Paper 

Original Title:  A causal analysis of mother’s education on birth inequalities 
Language:  English 
Keywords:  birthweight, finite mixtures, intergenerational health trasmission, latent class model, structural equation models 
Subjects:  J  Labor and Demographic Economics > J1  Demographic Economics > J13  Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth I  Health, Education, and Welfare > I1  Health > I12  Health Production I  Health, Education, and Welfare > I2  Education and Research Insititutions > I21  Analysis of Education C  Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3  Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables > C30  General 
Item ID:  38754 
Depositing User:  Francesco Bartolucci 
Date Deposited:  12. May 2012 23:51 
Last Modified:  18. Feb 2013 21:23 
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