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The Mexican Drug War and Early-Life Health: The Impact of Violent Crime on Birth Outcomes

Ryan Brown ()

Demography, 2018, vol. 55, issue 1, 319-340

Abstract: Abstract This study examines the relationship between exposure to violent crime in utero and birth weight using longitudinal data from a household survey conducted in Mexico. Controlling for selective migration and fertility, the results suggest that early gestational exposure to the recent escalation of the Mexican Drug War is associated with a substantial decrease in birth weight. This association is especially pronounced among children born to mothers of low socioeconomic status and among children born to mothers who score poorly on a mental health index.

Keywords: Birth outcomes; Crime; Selective fertility; Mexico (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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