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Season of birth and mother and child characteristics: evidence from Spain and Chile

Alfonso Alba and Julio Caceres-Delpiano

UC3M Working papers. Economics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía

Abstract: By using birth certificates for Chile and Spain we investigate differences in mother and child characteristics according to season of birth. Our findings reveal that children born in winter are more likely to have a mother who is a teenager and unmarried at date of birth. Spanish data also reveals that women giving birth in winter are more likely to be out of the labor force, a result largely driven by high skilled mothers. We additionally find that children born in the winter months have fewer weeks of gestation, lower birth weights and smaller size. Finally for Spain, the 2001 population census and the1999 fertility survey confirm the seasonal pattern in mother characteristics, and indicate that it is mostly driven by women who planned the births

Date: 2014-10
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