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Austerity Measures and Infant Health. Lessons from an Unexpected Wage Cut Policy
Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
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Abstract [en]

We investigate the effects on health at birth of a shock generated by a major (25%) and unexpected wage cut austerity measure that affected all public sector employees in Romania in 2010. Our findings suggest an overall improvement in health at birth for boys exposed to the shock in early gestation and a decreased sex ratio at birth among early exposed children. These findings are consistent with the selection in utero theory hypothesizing that maternal exposure to a significant shock early in gestation preponderantly selects against frail male fetuses, with healthier survivors being carried to term.

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2012. , 67 p.
Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2012:4
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wage cut; transitory income shock; neonatal health; selection in utero; Romania
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168335OAI: diva2:495503
Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-09 Last updated: 2013-10-16Bibliographically approved

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