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Preterm births and educational disadvantage: heterogeneous effects across families and schools

Anna Baranowska-Rataj (), Kieron J. Barclay, Joan Costa-Font (), Mikko Myrskylä and Berkay Özcan ()
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Kieron J. Barclay: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
Mikko Myrskylä: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany

No WP-2019-016, MPIDR Working Papers from Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany

Abstract: Although preterm births are the leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality in advanced economies, evidence about the consequences of such births later in life is limited. Using Swedish population register data on cohorts born 1982-1994 (N=1,087,750), we examine the effects of preterm births on school grades using sibling fixed effect models which compare individuals with their non-preterm siblings. We test for heterogeneous effects by degree of prematurity, as well as whether family socioeconomic resources and school characteristics can compensate for any negative effects of premature births. Our results show that preterm births can have negative effects on school grades, but these negative effects are largely confined to children born extremely preterm (

Keywords: Sweden; education; premature birth; school success (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.4054/MPIDR-WP-2019-016

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