Bacci, Silvia and Bartolucci, Francesco and Pieroni, Luca (2012): A causal analysis of mother’s education on birth inequalities.
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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|
|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 Behavior
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Institutions > I21 - Analysis of Education
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3 - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models ; Multiple Variables > C30 - General
|Depositing User:||Francesco Bartolucci|
|Date Deposited:||12. May 2012 23:51|
|Last Modified:||18. Feb 2013 21:23|
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