Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/111539
Authors: 
Breining, Sanni
Daysal, N. Meltem
Simonsen, Marianne
Trandafir, Mircea
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9086
Abstract: 
We investigate the spillover effects of early-life medical treatments on the siblings of treated children. We use a regression discontinuity design that exploits changes in medical treatments across the very low birth weight (VLBW) cutoff. Using administrative data from Denmark, we first confirm the findings in the previous literature that children who are slightly below the VLBW cutoff have better short- and long-term health, and higher math test scores in 9th grade. We next investigate spillover effects on siblings and find no evidence of an impact on their health outcomes. However, we find substantial positive spillovers on all our measures of academic achievement. Our estimates suggest that siblings of focal children who were slightly below the VLBW cutoff have higher 9th grade language and math test scores, as well as higher probability of enrolling in a high school by age 19. Our results suggest that improved interactions within the family may be an important pathway behind the observed spillover effects.
Subjects: 
medical care
birth
children
schooling
spillovers
JEL: 
I11
I12
I18
I21
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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