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Title:Out of sight, out of mind? : the impact of natural disasters on pregnancy outcomes PDF Logo
Authors:Simeonova, Emilia
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2814
Abstract:The impact of global climate change on health is not well understood. Besides the direct channel of increasing temperatures, there is a potentially more harmful one: through an increase in extreme weather incidents. We offer the first evidence on the effect of natural disasters on pregnancy outcomes. Elevated stress levels associated with extreme events increase the probability of a preterm birth. Preterm infants are more likely to be of low birth weight and are at increased risk of health problems later, implying even larger long run societal costs. Results confirm that exposure to extreme events increases the risk of preterm births.
JEL:I10
I12
Q54
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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