Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/175061
Authors: 
Bhalotra, Sonia
Karlsson, Martin
Nilsson, Therese
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 1124
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the potential of an infant intervention to improve life expectancy, contributing to emerging interest in the early life origins of chronic disease. We analyse a pioneering program trialled in Sweden in the 1930s, which provided information, support and monitoring of infant care. Using birth certificate data from parish records matched to death registers, we estimate that the average duration of program exposure in infancy led to a 1.54% point decline in the risk of infant death (23% of baseline risk) and a 2.37% decline in the risk of dying by age 75 (6.5% of baseline risk).
Subjects: 
Maternal care
Infant care
Early life interventions
Barker Hypothesis
Program evaluation
Sweden
JEL: 
I15
I18
H41
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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