TrygFonden's Child Research Seminar Series: Miriam Wüst, SFI

Title: ”Before midnight: The effects of early hospital discharge after birth on health and schooling outcomes.”

2013.09.19 | Mette Vad Andersen

Date Thu 13 Feb
Time 12:00 13:15
Location Fuglesangs Allé 4, Buld. 2621, B4

Title:

”Before midnight: The effects of early hospital discharge after birth on health and schooling outcomes.”

Abstract:

We exploit the staggered introduction of mandated outpatient birth—discharge on the day of birth—for non-first time mothers to estimate the  effects of early hospital discharge. Using Danish administrative data, we find that an outpatient birth increases the probability of child hospital readmission only within the first four days. While this result suggests that parents substitute postpartum hospital stays with readmissions, we also find  longer-run consequences of early discharge:  Mothers and children have more general practitioner contacts within the first two years,  and children have a lower primary school GPA.  These effects are driven by at-risk children and mothers. Using complementary survey data to highlight potential mechanisms, we find that outpatient mothers are less likely to breastfeed for four months, and that  infants perform worse on tasks that proxy child development at  18 months. While an outpatient birth may not cause a lasting damage to the health of a general population of mothers and infants, it impacts health and school outcomes in the longer run for at-risk children, potentially through its effects on parental investments.

Hans Henrik Sieversten (KU, SFI) and Miriam Wüst (SFI, AU RECEIV)

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