Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/232626
Authors: 
Cygan-Rehm, Kamila
Karbownik, Krzysztof
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13874
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
We investigated the effects of the timing of early prenatal care on infant health by exploiting a reform that required expectant mothers to initiate prenatal care during the first ten weeks of gestation to obtain a one-time monetary transfer paid after childbirth. Applying a difference-in-differences design to individual-level data on the population of births and fetal deaths, we identified small but statistically significant positive effects of the policy on neonatal health. We further provide suggestive evidence that improved maternal health-related knowledge and behaviors during pregnancy are plausible channels through which the reform might have affected fetal health.
Subjects: 
prenatal care
neonatal health
conditional cash transfers
prenatal care timing
JEL: 
I12
I18
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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